Good Earth Power AZ, LLC (GEPAZ) has signed a lease on a 37-acre parcel in Williams, Arizona that will become the site of a lumber mill and material processing facility needed to support active forest restoration through the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI).

GEPAZ hopes to start site preparation before the end of the year and to begin producing lumber and wood chips by March 2015. The Williams mill saw will initially be optimized to cut logs ranging from seven to nine inches in diameter.

“We are prepared to begin milling 50,000 board feet a day and then steadily increase until we are producing 300,000 board feet daily,” Good Earth Power CEO Jason Rosamond said. “We’d like to get the slabs in place before winter sets in so that we can establish the initial production line during the coming months.”

“The sooner, the better”, stated Williams Mayor John Moore in welcoming the multi-million dollar facility to the community. “I am very excited about this project and the new jobs for our community,” he said. “We are hopeful that this will drive some good economic growth in the coming years.”

“The lease agreement has cleared the way for GEPAZ to begin making significant investments in Coconino County,” said Rosamond. Biomass from nearby west side task orders will be trucked to Williams for composting or chipping. On the east side of the 4FRI project region, chipping is done in the forest and then delivered directly to customers. Slash from the same forests heads to the NOVO Power biomass plant in Snowflake.

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