On August 18th, Paul Stringer gave a talk to a group interested in learning more about wood pellets at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Renewable Carbon—and to countless others who watched virtually via webinar. His talk, entitled “Getting into the Wood Pellet Business” presented a case study based on Somerset’s experience with entering the competitive bio fuel industry.

paul_ioa_ut_081811According to Paul, “Our experience and reputation with wood flooring helped open doors for our pellet business.” Paul discussed the importance of having a clean and reliable supply of raw materials from which to produce pellets, and explained that it is one of the key advantages that Somerset has, being a vertically-integrated company. “Somerset’s ability to monitor quality control throughout the entire manufacturing process is a key reason that we are able produce consistent quality products—from our lumber, to our flooring, to our pellets,” explained Paul Stringer. “Our company is committed to investing in the facilities, machinery, and quality people to do the job. We take care to do what is right for our people, our customers, and for the environment—because it’s the right thing to do.” His talk addressed the importance of quality and the fact that customers develop a relationship with their pellets—“if they like your brand, it’s like a marriage.”

Did you know:

Somerset Premium Pellets are:

  • 100% USA hardwoods—made in the USA from the excess sawdust and wood fibers generated from Somerset’s lumber and flooring manufacturing facilities
  • Produced by one of the largest vertically-integrated forest products companies in the U.S. We control the quality from the forest to the finished product.
  • Manufactured from Appalachian Oak, Maple, Hickory, American Cherry

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