Firm considers biomass-to-fuel plant

A Canadian biofuel company hopes to open a production plant for transforming biomass into high-octane gasoline in Northwest Montana by late 2012 or early 2013.

Don Sigler, the Whitefish-based chief financial officer for CORE BioFuel Inc., said he couldn’t disclose exactly where the company is looking to build a plant, but said preliminary talks have begun.

“We are pleased with our progress in developing our demonstration production facility in British Columbia and we are now seeking potential sites for additional licensee facilities in those areas of the United States where forestry waste is readily available,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for Montana.”