PFI's Weekly Newsletter



June 2, 2017

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Book Your Hotel Room for the 2017 PFI Annual Conference and Win $150!     

Have you booked your room yet? If you reserve your room by June 23, you will be automatically entered to win a $150 Visa gift card! What are you waiting for? Book your room today!

The PFI Annual Conference is the premiere trade show and conference for the domestic pellet fuels industry. By attending, you will have key opportunities to network with your colleagues across the country, and to learn about the latest trends in pellet fuels. Check out the latest conference schedule here

Staying at the Stowe Mountain Lodge makes attending the PFI annual conference convenient and easy. All PFI attendees receive a discounted rate of $259. Take advantage of this discount while it lasts!

Stowe has been a destination for world travelers for well over a century. The alpine style of the lodge reflects the beauty of the green mountains and rolling hills. Having opened in June 2008, Stowe Mountain Lodge sets a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for the East Coast's most magnificent resort.Built at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort, in the new "Vermont-Alpine" style, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a truly luxurious setting while still paying respect to the Vermont traditions of utilizing local artisan products and embracing the tranquility of nature. We can't wait to see you this July in Stowe! Sign up today to secure your spot.

In conjunction with a dynamic conference program, you can visit some of the nearby sites like the Alchemist Brewery and some of the best shopping and dining Vermont has to offer. Combined with some of the area outdoor activities such as zip lining, biking, the PFI conference is a must-attend event. Take a look at all the great things Stowe has to offer.

We hope to see you this summer in Vermont! Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 

Connect with PFI on Linkedin

This week, PFI updated its LinkedIn page. We'd like to connect and interact with PFI members and anyone else involved in pellet fuels production!

Here's how you can help us build our online community:
1. Follow us on LinkedIn!
2. Encourage your colleagues and other business associates to follow us.
3. Send Carrie Annand news or other ideas to post on LinkedIn. 

Biomass Magazine: Maintaining the Fiber Flow

Biomass Magazine examined feedstock procurement for pellet mills in a May 31 story featuring PFI members Energex, American Wood Fibers and Curran Renewable Energy. Read the full story.

Producers outline their philosophies and strategies for feedstock procurement, illustrating the critical importance of developing strong and long-lasting relationships.

For the past 13 years, Dave Fetzer procured wood for Energex America's Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, pellet facility, where the material arrived in 20-ton truck loads. At full song, the plant consumes more than 4,000 tons of sawdust, chips or shavings per week, and it was Fetzer's job to make sure each of 200-plus truckloads of material that arrived at the plant met its tight quality specifications. "We test each load for ash content and moisture content," Fetzer says. "Our purchase order asks for about 35 percent for green material, and about 7 percent for the dry, and both need to be around 1 percent ash content."

Ensuring that one or two suppliers' loads met these parameters would be one thing, but Fetzer, like many of his fiber procurement colleagues across the industry, oversees material deliveries from a long roster of suppliers. In Fetzer's case, while 80 percent of his annual volume comes from his top 20 suppliers, over 80 different suppliers will make a delivery to the Energex plant in the course of the year. Adding to the complexity, Fetzer must manage the variety of suppliers. "We have a lot of Amish mills in our area, and we also have some very high-producing mills," he says. "I've got a mill in this area that produces a million feet of lumber a week."

2017 PFI Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

PFI invites you to become a 2017 sponsor! This year, we have developed a new, streamlined sponsorship program that will create multiple opportunities for your company in 2017. Your company will have great visibility at PFI events, on the PFI website, and in the PFI newsletter, amongst other benefits.

The 2017 Sponsorship packages include benefits such as:

  • PFI Annual Conference registrations
  • Breakfast & Biomass registrations
  • Company logo listed on the PFI website
  • 10x10 booth at the PFI Annual Conference
  • Weekly newsletter advertising
  • Website advertising
  • And more!

PFI's membership includes over 100 member companies, and our electronic newsletter is sent to over 3,500 people every week. Now is the time to become a sponsor of this organization. Visit our website to explore how you can become involved.

Follow and Connect With Us on Social Media!

We urge all PFI members to engage with us on social media. By joining PFI in being visible and active on social media, we can make our voices heard more loudly and by many more audiences.

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Have News to Share on Pellet Wire?

We'd love to feature your company's news in a future Pellet Wire! We want to be the first to know your company's recent developments to share them with the wider pellet fuels industry.

Please be in touch with Carrie Annand at [email protected] with information on your company's growth, job openings, promotions or other news. 

Join a PFI Committee

We welcome and encourage all interested PFI members to get involved in our committees. There are many opportunities to help steer the association. No matter where your expertise and interests lie, we have a committee that will suit you. Help us plan our next conference, shape our policy agenda, lead communications outreach or grow the PFI Standards Program. Visit PFI's website for more information. 

Upcoming Industry Events

July 23-25, 2017: PFI Annual Conference

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Fuel Availability

Are you a PFI member pellet manufacturer or distributor that has fuel available? Email [email protected] to have your listing updated or added to the PFI website.

Industry News

The Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour: College and Wood Pellets 

Bloomberg Boston Bureau Chief Tom Moroney and Radio News Anchor Anne Mostue are joined by top names from local business and finance to medicine and politics, along with Bloomberg reporters covering the latest stories in and around Boston. Today: We discuss the speech by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the commencement speech at Harvard, CollegeVine CEO Jon Carson on his ed-tech startup which trains college student mentors to provide high schoolers with an affordable guidance resource, and Les Otten, former co-owner of the Boston Red Sox, on his new venture: a unit that heats your home and generates your electricity too.

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Holy Smokes: Hone your Smoking Skills for a Better Backyard BBQ 
Flathead Beacon

While purveyors of barbecue tend to be a secretive bunch, Whitefish’s premier smoke-master, Ed McGrew, let spring a few leaks in the days leading up to summer.

Prepping for a busy season slinging expertly seasoned and smoked brisket, pork and chicken in the Flathead Valley and beyond, McGrew shared his philosophy on barbecue culture.

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7 Trends in Outdoor Cooking 
Times Picayune

I started salivating the minute the truck pulled up with our new outdoor grill, an electric wood-pellet cooker that looks like a cannon and weighs just as much "Over here. No, over here. Maybe in the garage," I said, as I tried to steer the poor delivery guy and his gigantic overweight parcel around the patio like an awkward dance partner. He was demonstrating more patience than I deserved.

The box landed with a thud, and I was eagerly tearing it open before the truck had left the street.

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Lignetics acquires the Marth Companies  
Biomass Magazine

Lignetics Inc. recently announced the acquisition of the Marth Companies LLC which includes manufacturing plants in Marathon, Athens, and Peshtigo, Wisconsin, as well as the Marth Transportation trucking assets, giving Lignetics a strong position in the Wisconsin and upper mid-west markets. Lignetics is the largest residential wood pellet manufacturing company in the U.S. which now has a production capacity of approximately 650,000 tons of wood pellets per year. The company is the only pellet manufacturing company that has wood pellet manufacturing plants in the East, Central, and West geography with nine plant locations in the states of Maine, Oregon, Idaho, West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin.

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