Van Buren County to receive $300 million economic project

Posted By | October 19, 2017 9:29 am

Van Buren County has just announced that they will receive a $300 million economic development project that will generate 75 new jobs.

On Oct. 18, Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson announced that the county would become the home of a new employer that will be investing $300 million to create a new facility and generate 75 new jobs in the county. After a year of planning and negotiating with the county, Just Be Green, based in Jacksonville, Florida, will be creating a new alternative fuel generation facility in Van Buren County.

According to Wilson, the county has been working on this project for approximately a year. In December 2016, the county purchased the old B.D.S property, off of Highway 111, to be used for this project.

Just Be Green Inc., will be constructing an alternative fuel generation facility. This facility will take solid waste and convert it into diesel, called waste gasification. This process is one of the newest ways to deal with solid waste and is reportedly an environmentally friendly solution by generating no emissions.

“We are excited about this project and the positive impact this will have on our economy,” stated Wilson. “This will be a great employer for Van Buren County.”

Project officials are planning on beginning land preparations sometime in late spring to early summer of 2018. The new facility is expected to be operational by summer 2019.

Just Be Green Inc.’s new facility, once operational, is expected to process approximately 1,000 tons of solid waste a day and converting that waste each day into 38,000 gallons of diesel.

The 75 new jobs are expected to have a wage of $13 per hour for entry-level positions.

More news about this economic development will be announced at a later date as details are finalized.

comments » 2

  1. Comment by Peggy Harmann

    October 19, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I am glad to see news of economic development in Spencer/Van Buren County. I am curious how energy effecient it will be to move 2 million pounds of solid waste TO Spencer each day as that is a VERY steep grade whether coming up from Cookeville/Sparta or up from Chattanooga. Hopefully that has been considered.

  2. Comment by M Rogers

    October 19, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Something is odd about this. A corporate search turned up numerous “Just Be Green” corps registered in Florida and based in Tellico Plains, TN with the same guy as manager. The oldest seem to have been created about ten years ago pushing “green retirement investing” and “green retirement living”. The newer ones are all over the place and come with a very incomplete website at justbegreen.com Nowhere can I find evidence that they’ve ever done any waste to energy conversion, what technology they’re planning to use, what the feedstock of the proposed plant will be (plastic waste, wood chips, etc.), what the potential for local pollution associated with the plant is…. the whole thing seems very fuzzy at the edges.


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