Ridgeland Pellet Company Launching New Manufacturing Operations in Jasper County

$8.1 million investment in Ridgeland, SC Facility

July 26, 2018


Ridgeland, SC ­- Ridgeland Pellet Company, LLC, a manufacturer of wood pellets used in home heating fuel, alternative industrial energy and equine bedding, will invest $8.1 million in a biomass manufacturing facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina, where the company anticipates creating 27 new jobs over the next five years.

“Ridgeland Pellet Company, LLC will manufacture biomass fuel pellets in the Ridgeland community for export to European Markets pursuant to a long-term contract. We are excited about the opportunity to help grow the existing industry in Jasper County, the nearby port infrastructure, and the proximity of this Project to a number of sawmills that will provide the necessary wood chips and other raw materials for our company,” said Ridgeland Pellet Company, LLC’s CEO Charles W. Knight.

“We are always excited to see companies investing in our state, and specifically in our rural areas, such as Jasper County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the thriving business climate that we’ve created in South Carolina, which gives new companies the best opportunity to succeed.”

The company will purchase an existing manufacturing facility, located at 579 Nimmer Turf Road in Ridgeland, where they will make improvements to existing buildings and expand the operations with additional structures, machinery and equipment. The new operations are expected to come online in the third quarter of 2018, and hiring is also slated to begin in the third quarter of 2018.

“We welcome Ridgeland Pellet Company to our county’s industrial community.  Their $8.1 million investment and the new jobs they will create over the next five years will be a boon to our local economy, helping to lower the overall tax burden on our citizens’ residences and automobiles,” said Jasper County Council Chairman Tom Johnson. “Jasper County Council will continue to work with our new and existing industries to create the best possible environment for business.”

According to SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Marty Sauls, also of Jasper County, “Ridgeland Pellet Company is a green industry, manufacturing an alternative fuel product that will create new jobs in our rural area.  The company will be a great asset to our region, where forest products are a critical part of our regional economy.  We congratulate the company on choosing Ridgeland, where every job created brings prosperity to a family.”

Mayor Joey Malphrus of Ridgeland added, “The Town of Ridgeland appreciates the investment and jobs that Ridgeland Pellet Company will bring to our community. We welcome quality companies that manufacture sustainable products to improve our future."

Interested applicants should contact Ridgeland Pellet Company, LLC CEO Charles W. Knight at charlesknight8@yahoo.com for more information.