Drax joins Gloster Chamber of Commerce

Chamber membership furthers commitment to Gloster community.

Renewable energy company Drax is excited to announce it has joined the Gloster Chamber of Commerce. This strategic partnership reflects Drax’s commitment to fostering economic growth and collaboration within the local community.

By joining forces with the Gloster Chamber of Commerce, Drax will pool resources with a Mississippi network of like-minded businesses, resources, and opportunities aimed at driving mutual success. As a member, Drax will have the chance to participate in networking events, workshops, and initiatives designed to support business development and community engagement.

“Drax joining the Chamber is a win for the Gloster business community as the community really needs the participation of local businesses to help grow the economic opportunities in Gloster and help support beautification efforts in our community,” said Kevin Cotton, President of the Gloster Chamber of Commerce. “Drax has historically supported our town, and this is another example of their commitment, following their $130,000 donation for a walking track. We are excited to see what we can accomplish together.”

Drax looks forward to leveraging its membership in the Gloster Chamber to strengthen community relationships, exchange ideas and contribute to the collective growth of Gloster’s business ecosystem. Through active involvement in Chamber activities, Drax aims to amplify its impact, drive innovation and create lasting value for the greater Gloster community.

“We are excited to become a part of the vibrant business community represented by the Gloster Chamber of Commerce,” said Matt White, Executive Vice President of North America Operations for Drax. “Collaborating with fellow entrepreneurs and community leaders aligns with our mission to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of our local area.”

An independent, third-party economic analysis reported that Drax could contribute more than $207 million to Mississippi’s economy in 2023 and add more than $80 million to the state’s GDP. The report also noted that 82% of all wages paid to Drax employees living in the state were paid to people living in rural counties, and that more than one-third of Drax wages in Mississippi are paid to employees living in Amite County.

“We’re supporting communities like Gloster by focusing on jobs, skills, education, and nature,” said White. “Sustainable biomass production is a key industry in Mississippi, boosting the economic prospects for rural counties while creating a positive ripple effect that has lured other companies to Gloster.”

To learn more about Drax’s operations and how it is positively impacting Mississippi, visit https://www.drax.com/ms.

Photo caption: Drax team members are joined by members of the Gloster Chamber of Commerce to celebrate their recent partnership.

Contact Information:

Michelli Martin
Communications Manager, US
[email protected]

About Drax

Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology. Drax’s around 3,000 employees operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production and supply to third parties. For more information visit http://www.drax.com/us

Pellet production and supply:

The Group has 18 operational pellet plants and developments with nameplate production capacity of around five million tons a year.

Drax is targeting eight million tons of production capacity by 2030, which will require the development of over three million tons of new biomass pellet production capacity. The pellets are produced using materials sourced from sustainably managed working forests and are supplied to third party customers in Europe and Asia for the generation of renewable power.

Drax’s pellet plants supply biomass used at its own power station in North Yorkshire, England to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses, and also to customers in Europe and Asia.