The Town of Crossville officially welcomed Mohegan Renewable Energy to Sand Mountain on Monday.
Government officials joined dozens of industry leaders for the plant’s grand opening, luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony at the former Lee Energy Solutions plant, located on Alabama Highway 68.
Crossville Mayor Tera Fortenberry was excited about the move and looks forward to seeing Mohegan’s impact down the road.
“Crossville is a family town and this company is family-based, and they want what is best, so we look forward to them coming into Crossville as they have and being a part of our family,” Fortenberry said. “There’s nothing better than to see a filled building with cars outside, businesses coming and room to grow.
In January, local officials announced that 50 jobs would be heading to Crossville after the Mohegan Tribe purchased the former Lee Energy Solutions plant, located on Alabama Highway 68, to open its fourth wood pellet production plant in the country.
“One thing that was extremely beneficial is that a lot of the people that were previously employed here are going to get their jobs back,” Fortenberry said. “This is wonderful because they were the heart of this company before. They knew what it was like then and they know what it can be now.”
The Mohegan Tribe is a Native American tribe from Connecticut. They recently created a new division, Mohegan Renewable Energy, to export wood pellets, or “biomass energy sources,” to global markets
While the wood pellets created can provide fuel for home heating, they also manufacture barbecue wood pellets sponsored by four-time world barbecue champion Myron Mixon. Mohegan’s wood pellets are produced from wood waste for a low-cost heating solution that is environmentally friendly.