The industrial complex in Choctaw County, known as the Redhills Ecoplex, is a world renowned operation and has been a huge source of economic development for Choctaw County during the past 10 years. The Ecoplex is home to a fully operational lignite coal mine, a lignite coal power plant, and a natural gas power plant. The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce regularly has prospects who are interested in locating an operation in the Ecoplex.
North American Coal, based in Dallas, Texas, has been operating the lignite coal mine since 1999. As soon as the coal is mined, it goes directly from the back of the massive dump trucks onto a conveyor belt and then into the furnace at the power plant.
Lignite is a very clean burning coal; with the almost non-existent transportation cost, lignite coal is a very competitive alternative to the more traditional coal.
Once the coal is burned at the power plant, the ash is then used for the construction of road beds. The power is sent to West Point, then distributed in northern Mississippi, which is part of the TVA service area.
Many of the members of the Board of Directors for the Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation recently toured the Redhills Coal Mine in Ackerman.
“North American Coal has been the best corporate neighbor that we could have ever asked for. Kemper County has a lot to look forward with their upcoming Lignite coal operation at Liberty Mine,” says the Chamber of Commerce.
“Special thanks to Mike Thomas, Dave Liffrig, and North American Coal for hosting the tour.”