MISSOURI – GESS International, a highly experienced and globally established renewable energy company, previously announced plans to construct four Green Energy Biogas Plants across Missouri in March 2019. Among the Missouri developments there will now be an additional facility built in Chariton County, Missouri.
The new $40 million investment will create 21 new jobs for the surrounding community. On an annual basis, this Biogas facility will convert 140,000 tons of cattle and swine manure and 70,000 tons of agricultural residues into 550,000 MMbtu worth of Renewable Natural Gas. This output is enough to power 6,800 homes for one year, while reducing methane emissions and any potential environmental impacts from local farm operations.
“The benefits of these projects will make a positive impact into the local economy and agricultural industry by adding a major investment into the local tax base, creating and training new employees for the operations of these plants, creating a new revenue stream for area farmers, all while creating a renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Seth Daughety, GESS International’s Grant Coordinator, said.
In addition to creating renewable energy, the project will positively impact existing agricultural production facilities. It is GESS International’s goal to help existing agricultural industries in the area become more sustainable.
“Agtech is a leading industry for Missouri,” Rob Dixon, Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, said. “GESS is an important addition to our state as we continue to be the global agtech leader. We are excited that GESS has not only invested in our state, but has also now grown that initial investment and created more opportunity and jobs for Missouri residents.”
The Chariton County plant has an anticipated construction start date in Q3 of 2019 and projected to be operational by Q4 of 2020.
“Chariton County is very pleased that GESS International is making this important investment for the future of renewable energy in our community,” Tom Burkhart, Chairman of the Chariton County Community Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, said. “This new facility adds to the abundance of natural resources in Chariton County.”
“GESS International’s continuing investment into Missouri is a testament to our agtech leadership and our business-friendly environment,” Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership, said. “We are committed to GESS International’s success in the state and are excited to support them with training programs and other assistance. We look forward to their success and the positive impact these jobs will have in the local community.”
GESS International’s total investment in Missouri is now expected to reach $185 million and create more than 100 new jobs in rural Missouri.
About GESS International North Carolina, Inc.
GESS International North Carolina, Inc. (GESS) is a highly experienced and globally established renewable energy service company. With over 350 completed projects worldwide, GESS, Inc. has over 21 years of expertise in providing energy efficient solutions using co-generation and renewable energy resources such as solar and biogas. From consulting to managing operations of completed projects, GESS, Inc. offers design and implementation solutions with a direct economic impact for its customers and their communities.
About Missouri Partnership
Founded in 2007, Missouri Partnership is a public-private economic development organization focused on attracting new jobs and investment to the state and promoting Missouri’s business strengths. Since its founding, Missouri Partnership has worked with partners across Missouri to attract companies that have created more than 20,000 jobs, more than $1 billion in new annual payroll, and more than $2 billion in capital investment.
Missouri Partnership works in partnership with the Hawthorn Foundation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the State of Missouri, and economic development agencies across Missouri. Led by an independent Board of Directors and working in collaboration with partners from across the state, Missouri Partnership’s expert team markets Missouri as a strategic business location globally and provides direct support to companies interested in investing in Missouri to connect them with the best locations and solutions for their business goals. Some major recent company investments in Missouri include Amazon, American Outdoor Brands, Aurora Organic Dairy, Auto Alert, CertainTeed, CVS Health, Dollar Tree, Faurecia, Nucor Steel, Owens Corning, Square and Vital Farms.