Silsbee is located in Hardin
County, which is the 7th largest
timber producing county in the
state of Texas. Silsbee's location
is also strategically well located within 20 miles, by truck or rail, to the Port of Beaumont, one of the busiest International ports in the US.
East Texas has rapidly attained international attention as a producer of Biomass energy. Biomass supply potential in East Texas includes wood waste from logging and biomass thinning operations in the region. Logging residue includes tops, limbs, and unutilized cull trees. Wood waste from biomass thinning includes woody biomass from pre-commercial thinning and timber stand improvement thinning.
Overall, about 4.3 million dry tons of wood waste is potentially available annually for energy generation in East Texas, 35 percent from logging residue and 65 percent from biomass thinning.
Southeast Texas is no stranger to producing wood pellets for export to Europe. The Port of Beaumont was highlighted in an article in the Beaumont Enterprise which highlighted the exportation of wood pellets, already in process. Silsbee is ripe for this growing industry, with outstanding timber resources, adequate road and rail facilities, and close proximity to the Port of Beaumont.
Silsbee has gained international attention for alternative energy by the conversion of a local refinery to a biorefinery, which make renewable building block products for the chemical and fuel industries. The Silsbee biorefinery converts renewable raw materials into isobutanol and renewable hydrocarbons that can be directly integrated on a "drop in" basis into existing chemical and fuel products to deliver environmental and economic benefits. South Hampton biorefinery produces a number of products including biojet fuel, isooctane for gasoline, isooctane and paraxylene for plyethylene terphthalate (PET).
Texas is an ideal location for growth in alternative energy. Texas is America’s Top State for Business 2012, according to CNBC’s sixth-annual study that scored all 50 states on 51 measures of competitiveness. CNBC scored each state based on input from business groups and public information from the states themselves. Each state received points based on ten broad categories including: cost of doing business, workforce, economy, education, quality of life, technology and innovation, infrastructure & transportation, cost of living, business friendliness, and access to capital.
According to USA Today, Texas has moved past New York as the nation’s second largest economy, and the Wall Street Journal has credited the state’s low taxes and employer-friendly environment with helping make Texas the job creation capital of the nation. Texas is the nation’s leading exporting state for the tenth year in a row, and was recently named the “Best State to Do Business” by CEO Magazine for the eighth year in a row. Texas consistently ranks among the top states for Fortune 500 headquarters.
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Silsbee Economic Development Corporation
590 North 6th Street
Silsbee, TX 77656