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Northwest Manufacturing Hosts Tour, Forum on Minnesota’s Biomass Industry

April 16, 2013

Article by Joel Haskard

Maker of WoodMaster Furnaces leads tour, host dozens of attendees

RED LAKE FALLS, MN – Over thirty people toured the Northwest Manufacturing plant in Red Lake Falls on April 4th to learn about the biomass industry in Minnesota. Northwest Manufacturing is home of the Wood Master furnaces, which use cord wood and biomass pellets as their fuel source.

“These biomass furnaces can be a real win-win for communities in this area,” said Chris May, the Northwest Regional Coordinator for the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) which organized the event. “It is great to see a technology where people can reduce their heating costs while supporting local manufacturing jobs at the same time.”

See phNorthwest Manufacturing Tourotos from the event! Click on the slideshow below or click here to see the set on Flickr.

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ABOUT CERTS AND TMP: The Clean Energy Resource Teams connect Minnesotans and their communities with resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Clean Energy Resource Teams are diverse—individuals; small business owners; farmers; members of community groups; local utility representatives; educators; local, state and federal government staff and elected leaders—and all share a common interest: They want strong communities, local jobs, and secure, clean, reliable energy.

CERTs is a partnership of the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Eureka Recycling, Southwest Regional Development Commission, The Minnesota Project, and the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.  Learn more at and


Media Contact:
Joel Haskard
Co-Director, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships & Extension






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