By Julianne Johnston –
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated the farmer-owners of Mid-Missouri Energy, Inc. (MME) for beginning production at their ethanol plant near Malta Bend, Missouri.
“The farmer-owners of Mid-Missouri Energy can be proud to join the fastest growing energy industry in America,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA president. “This ethanol plant will power more than cars and trucks. It will power the economy for miles around Malta Bend – increasing farm income, creating jobs, and boosting all sectors of the economy.”
MME will process 15 million bushels of corn into 45 million gallons of ethanol and 120,000 tons of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) annually. The plant has 35 employees. Missouri has three ethanol plants with a combined annual capacity of 105 million gallons.
MME General Manager Bill Gwaltney stated: “This time two years ago, we were just beginning to raise the equity for this project. Since then a total of 729 producers stepped up to invest in this plant. Our investors, actually, all area producers will enjoy an $.05 to $.10 per bushel increase for their corn as a result of the ethanol plant.”
Fagen, Inc., the Granite Falls, Minnesota design-build contractor, is the general contractor and will incorporate a process design provided by ICM, Inc. of Colwich, Kansas.
Currently, 82 ethanol plants nationwide have the capacity to produce nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. There are 16 ethanol plants and two major expansions under construction with a combined annual capacity of 740 million gallons.
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