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The president of a bio mass company that plans to build a new plant in Prineville says the City of Prineville played an important role in drawing them there. The President of HM3 Energy, Hiroshi Morihara says the Prineville plant should create about 50 direct jobs and 125 in-direct jobs. He says making the bio mass bricks in Prineville makes sense for many reasons: "Prineville area has a fair amount of forest waste and fair amount of private forest owners. It’s a natural place for us to have a plant and also Prineville city has been very cooperative." They recently received a USDA grant of $500,000 to develop bio mass facilities in struggling communities. He says the first biomass bricks will be tested in coal plants and then it may grow from there: “And then we’d like to expand and double the production in Prineville.” And if they continue to expand; some of the other cities they are looking closely at include La Pine, Warm Springs, Klamath Falls, La Grande and Dallas, Oregon.

 

 

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