Zilkha is already making a difference

Published 9:59 pm Thursday, September 18, 2014

Judge Kim Ballard and I recently visited the Zilkha Biomass Selma Plant to help with signage to the plant location. We toured the site and were amazed at the size of the project.

The plant is moving closer to startup. According to the company, the patented ZilkhaBlack® Pellet, which will be made at the Selma plant, will help customers reduce their carbon footprint leaving the world a better place for future generations.

The Selma Plant will create and support over 200 area jobs. Construction is ramping up in preparation for the plant’s December commissioning. Actual startup is scheduled for January 2015. Over 125 construction personnel are currently working on the plant site. In addition, 35 plant personnel are hired, and interviews and hiring continue.

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Available positions include Control Room Operators, Mobile Equipment Operators, Plant Operators, Security Personnel, and highly skilled crafts people to fill various mechanical and electrical roles in the plant.

This new company is already getting involved in our community.

Zilkha contributed $2,000 to the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department to support First Aid and CPR training classes for the volunteer firefighters. This training will be presented by the American Red Cross.

These important training sessions will help the Burnsville Department become better responders in times of need and will ultimately assist Burnsville and surrounding communities. The Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department is the designated first responder if emergencies should occur at the Zilkha Plant.

When We Work Together, Together We Work.

Wayne Vardaman
Executive Director
Selma & Dallas County Economic Development Authority