Berkshire Biodiesel Invests $50 M for Facility in Northeastern U.S.

One of the first large-scale biodiesel facilities in the Northeast is in planning by Berkshire Biodiesel LLC, the Massachusetts-based subsidiary of NorthWinds Biodiesel LLC.

The company will invest approximately $50 million to construct a 50 million gallon per year (mgy) biodiesel production facility to be located in Pittsfield and Dalton, Massachusetts, at Ashuelot Park, which is owned by Crane & Co., Inc. “Pittsfield is truly a Green City as we are breaking ground into the increasingly important and growing renewable energy industry with one of the first large-scale biodiesel facilities in the Northeast,” said Pittsfield Mayor James M. Ruberto. Plus, the Town of Dalton, in concert with the City of Pittsfield, has just been awarded a $3.057 million grant from the State of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) Freight Rail Transportation Capital Improvement Grant Program to support the development of the project. This EOT grant will help fund construction of a 2,500-foot rail siding to be located in both Dalton and Pittsfield that will connect the facility to the adjacent rail line owned by CSX. The rail siding will play a critical role in meeting the facility’s logistics requirements and will also help to reinvigorate Crane’s Ashuelot Park site in which a portion will be made available to area businesses. “We have received exceptionally strong support from Crane & Co., the City of Pittsfield, the Town of Dalton, the Berkshire Economic Development Corporation, CSX and local legislators such as Senator Ben Downing and [four] Representatives,” said Garth Klimchuk, president of Berkshire Biodiesel, managing partner of NorthWinds Biodiesel and a summer resident of the Berkshires. “Without their assistance we would not have been able to get where we are today and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship and to playing a key role in the area’s growing renewable energy industry and the overall economic vitality of the region,” Klimchuk added.
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