Carlisle company launches 'green' fuel pellet product

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CARLISLE -- American Pellet Supply, LLC launched its green renewable-based Lil Stoker fuel pellet product this month, expecting to capture a major share of the rapidly growing U.S. fuel pellet industry, according to Michael Myers, president.

Extremely popular in Europe where up to 50 percent of homes are heated with fuel pellets, fuel pellet use has more than doubled in the United States in the past few years. According to energy experts, the U.S. fuel pellet industry is expected to become a billion-dollar energy sector by the end of the decade for heating residences and businesses.

Major home centers like Lowes and Home Depot have already sold millions of pellet heating appliances, and American Pellet Supply intends to provide the fuel for those appliances, Myers affirmed.

American Pellet Supply's renewable-based product, which is marketed under the brand name PELL-GEN has the advantages of higher BTU output, lower emissions and other benefits.

"We believe that the products manufactured by American Pellet Supply offer Indiana the opportunity to become a major manufacturing center of advanced alternative energy products that are renewable-based," said Jay Hood, a board member.

"The chief threat to successful manufacturing operations is a sustained spike in energy costs," Hood explained. "In Indiana, more than 47 percent of electrical energy is consumed by industrial and manufacturing operations -- the products made by American Pellet Supply can both help Hoosiers in a number of ways -- these products can help hold the line on energy costs, lower emissions and greenhouse gases, and reduce America's dependency on imported oil."

The company has built up an initial distributor network for PELL-GEN products in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Founded in 2008, American Pellet Supply used its initial manufacturing period to fine-tune its products and demonstrate their superior performance. In the past year American Pellet Supply received more than $4 million in private investments for expansion of its initial 30,000 square feet facility.

During that time, the company constructed more than 50,000 square feet of new facilities and purchased more than $1 million in specialized pelletizing and manufacturing equipment.

"This expansion gives us the opportunity to move aggressively into the green alternative fuel sectors and we expect to quickly make a positive impact in the residential and commercial markets," Myers said.

Initial sales and market outreach have been strong, he said.

American Pellet Supply manufactures its products using proprietary patent-protected processes that combine shredded corn and soybean waste stocks, as well as shredded dry waste products and other naturally dried grasses and renewable feedstocks.

Similar processes using specially designed pelletizing equipment enable American Pellet Supply to extend its product line. The company has designed and patented a green alternative energy product that can replace or supplement coal in traditionally fired electric power plants.

The power generation product, branded as PELL-GEN's E3 PowerBlend, has already attracted considerable interest from power utility companies across the Midwest and southeast United States.

"There are several power companies who would like us to move to Illinois and Ohio and set up our manufacturing operations there," Myers said.

Other American Pellet Supply products based on renewable resources include Handler's Choice, a pelletized equine product that replaces traditional straw bedding, and Nature's Harmony, a pelletized kitty litter product that has superior performance over traditional clay based kitty litter.

"We're currently seeking an additional $2 million in investments to purchase additional conveyors and equipment so we can reach full capacity with our Carlisle facility," Myers said.

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  • Let me tell you a little about Mike Myers, President of American Pellet.

    He's always been a dreamer of new ideas, an entrepreneur, businessman and loving family man.

    Anyone remember M&M Waste Disposal? This was Mike Myers - the business bought out by a national waste disposal company when M&M started cutting into their own profits. :P

    Everyone has seen those large heavy plastic roll-around 'garbage' cans most trash companies rent to their customers, right? Well guess who designed and manufactured those cans first (again bought out by a major company)? Yep, Mike Myers.

    This latest venture has all the earmarks of another successful business by a hometown Sullivan County resident. Congratulations Mike and only the best of wishes for your new business!!

    -- Posted by RayA on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 5:32 PM
  • Where can you buy these pellets? Can you buy direct? How much a bag or ton?

    -- Posted by Littleguy on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 10:06 AM
  • @Littleguy -

    Their website doesn't have an online order form but does have contact information.

    Try calling the plant at (812) 398-2225.

    Hope that helps :)

    -- Posted by RayA on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 8:04 PM
  • Also found another website for them with retail store information.

    Their products are available at one store in Greene County; Holtsclaw Standard Feed & Tack at 750 West Main in Bloomfield.

    -- Posted by RayA on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 8:10 PM
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