Chemtex International recently showed officials in Clinton, N.C., the blueprint of the company's $200 million biofuels refinery plant, which will be built in Sampson County and is scheduled to begin production by early 2015. The company says the plant will create about 350 jobs and, if annexed, contribute more than $1 million in annual tax revenue to the city. Paolo Carollo, executive vice president at Chemtex, said the plant could be the first of many in North America. "We are going to be starting with smaller facilities and probably evolving into 40 or 50 million gallons," he said. "We need to have a good handle on the logistics before we can think about expanding the capacity."

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