Big River Resources just began production at their ethanol plant in West Burlington, Iowa. Big River’s farmer-owners are approximately split between Iowa and Illinois. The facility will process over 15 million bushels of corn into 40 million gallons of ethanol and 120,000 tons of distillers dried grains (DDG) annually.September 2, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Fagen, the Granite Falls, Minnesota design-build contractor, spearheaded the construction and incorporated a process design provided by ICM, of Colwich, Kansas. Currently, 81 ethanol plants nationwide have the capacity to produce over 3.45 billion gallons annually. There are 9 ethanol plants under construction.