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That parent company of Pit Boss Grills and Louisiana Grills, Dansons, is opening the country’s largest barbecue wood pellet mill and distribution center in Hope, Arkansas. The pellet facility is approximately 335,000 square feet and sits on 143 acres, will initially start with three pelleters and a 100,000-ton capacity, but has room to expand to 300,000 tons and nine pelleters. The site will also serve as a wood pellet and pellet grill distribution center, creating approximately 50-100 new jobs in the next three years. For comparison, Traeger’s largest pellet mill has a maximum capacity of about 54,000 tons per year.
Dansons is setting the barbecue world on fire with its high-quality wood pellets and top-flight pellet grills. Dansons and Hope are a perfect match. Dansons needs wood. Arkansas has wood. Dansons needs a first-rate workforce. Arkansans are the hardest working and smartest employees anywhere. Dansons and Arkansas will set the standard for barbecue wood pellets, and soon grill masters will be serving barbecue with the distinctive taste of Arkansas.Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson
The site is a former Georgia-Pacific facility with a strong infrastructure for wood processing. It fits well in the town of Hope, which has several sawmills, paper mills and particle board plants already in the area. The pellets are 100% all-natural product that are free of artificial flavors, spray scents and binders. They will be manufactured for the Pit Boss Grills and Louisiana Grills brands.
We are blessed to be able to expand our operation and open our new pellet mill location in Hope, Arkansas. The state of Arkansas has been the most welcoming, most friendly and most encouraging location we’ve ever done business in. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission, from the town, county and state level, has welcomed us with open arms from the onset of this project. As a family-owned business, the personal touches that have come from Governor Hutchinson and Secretary Preston’s offices, as well as those from Jack Thomas and Steve Harris with the state and local EDC, have meant a lot to us. We believe in relationships and people and we really like the people we are working with.Dansons President Jeff Thiessen