Huber Engineered Woods Revises MAE for Future Wood Products Plant | Around the Region

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A North Carolina-based wood products manufacturer has revised an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for its $440 million oriented strand board manufacturing plant in Cohasset.

Huber Engineered Wood Products has submitted the revised MAE to the town of Cohasset, according to company officials.

“We appreciate the feedback we have received from community members and stakeholders, and have revised the EAW accordingly to reflect the feedback we received,” said Brian Carlson, president of Huber Engineered Woods in a statement. Press release. “We intend to continue working with interested parties to move the project forward toward construction.”

The City of Cohasset is the Government Unit Responsible for the project.

In June, Huber Engineered Woods announced plans to build the plant adjacent to Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset. The Ojibwe Band of Leech Lake, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Bemidji of Chamber of Commerce and West Fraser, another wood products producer, requested that an environmental impact statement be completed on the project. Huber Engineered Woods updated the EAW after reviewing feedback and consulting with local citizens, state agencies and other interested parties, according to the company.

The revised EAW provides more detail on the project’s carbon footprint, particularly with respect to the effects of generating a large portion of the facility’s energy needs from wood fuels, and the sequestration effects of carbon from the facility’s finished wood products, said Huber Engineered Woods.

The 750,000 square foot plant would create 150 direct jobs and require 300 to 400 construction jobs to build the plant, according to the company. The plant would manufacture high-performance wall and roof coverings, integrated structural panels and subfloors.

A $15 million loan from the Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources was approved in June for the project. Minnesota Department of Jobs and Economic Development, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Itasca County, Itasca County Economic Development Corp. and the city of Cohasset have joined forces to support the project.

On Feb. 8, Cohasset City Council will discuss the EAW and open a public comment period that will end on Feb. 24, Cohasset Mayor Greg Hagy said. A decision on the European arrest warrant would come from the board on March 8, Hagy said. With permit approvals, construction of the plant would begin later this year, according to Huber Engineered Woods.

Huber Engineered Woods is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has wood products plants in Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Virginia.

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