US BioEnergy Builds Ethanol Plant in Michigan

US BioEnergy broke ground for the US Bio Superior Corn ethanol plant near Lake Odessa, Michigan late last week.

Annually, US Bio Superior Corn will produce 45 million gallons of ethanol and 136,000 tons of dried distiller’s grains. In order to meet those production levels, it will consume around 16 million bushels of corn per year that will come from within an approximate 60-mile radius of the site. This project is expected to be completed by fall of 2006. Once operational, it will employ around 40 people. “We are excited about the progress of this project. Ethanol production is a proven stimulus to rural America’s economy and lessens this nation’s dependence on foreign oil. That’s a good thing for this country and we look forward to a long lasting partnership in this community,” said Gordon Ommen, US BioEnergy CEO. US Bio Superior Corn will be the second of many ethanol plants for US BioEnergy. In addition to this site, US BioEnergy is constructing a 100 mgy plant near Albert City, Iowa and is in the final negotiation stage on a proposed site near Janesville, Minn. that will support a 100 mgy plant. US BioEnergy continues to actively seek additional sites.

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