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Biofuel company interested in Tupper Lake

August 8, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - A Seattle-based company is interested in opening a biofuel facility in the Tupper Lake area.

John Tubbs, head of the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency, said he's been in regular contact with the company. He would not name it, but he said it's one that operates globally.

"We have had two in-person meetings with this biomass company," Tubbs told the Enterprise in a phone interview. "And they like what they see so far."

The company is not looking at the Tupper Lake Business Park or the former Oval Wood Dish plant, Tubbs said. He said the company doesn't need a large site for the work it plans to do.

The company is mainly interested in Tupper Lake because it needs a readily available supply of wood.

"That seems to be pretty plentiful in the Tupper Lake area, and they like that," Tubbs said.

He said the company is looking at other places in addition to Tupper Lake, and it's not certain that company officials will decide on Tupper Lake.

"This is something we're working on," Tubbs said. "It's positive, but it's still early."

Tubbs said he doesn't have a clear idea yet of how many jobs it would bring to the area, but he estimated that "it would be scores of jobs," between the direct jobs created by the company and indirect jobs created in the forestry industry through increased production.

Representatives from the company met with significant players in the logging industry in both Franklin and St. Lawrence counties the last time they were in the area, Tubbs said.



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