Gov. Deal to open Pratt Conyers facility

CONYERS -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will come to Conyers today to formally open a cogeneration plant at Pratt Industries.

Company officials confirmed Deal's visit on Monday. The event will include a tour and ribbon cutting ceremony of Pratt's $60 million plant, which generates heat and electricity for the company's recycling and corrugating facility on Sarasota Parkway in Conyers.

The Governor's Office said Deal has the visit on his schedule for 4 p.m. today.

Construction was financed in 2008 through a bond issuance by the Development Authority of Rockdale County.

Completed in 2010, the cogeneration plant converts landfilled materials through a gasification process into renewable energy to power. The plant also uses rejects from Pratt's paper-making process and construction wood waste.

According to the company's website, the process supplies 100 percent of the steam needed for the recycling process at the Visy paper mill and, at the same time, generates 50 percent of the plant's needed electricity.

The Conyers cogeneration plant was the first to be built by Pratt. The company has committed to building similar plants at other locations in the United States and Australia.