, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor
Ethanol expansion is continuing for VeraSun Energy Corp
. The Brookings, S.D.-based producer and marketer of ethanol and distillers grains, recently announced the opening of a biorefinery located near Dyersville, Iowa.
The Plant Specifics
The new plant is intended to:
- produce of 110 million gallons of ethanol annually
- process about 39 million bushels of corn
- produce about 350,000 tons of distillers grains for livestock feed
- employ 55 workers
Construction on the plant began in October 2006. The Dyersville location is the fifth VeraSun facility to come on-line this year.
"We are pleased to bring another large-scale, environmentally friendly ethanol production facility on-line in the state of Iowa," said Don Endres, VeraSun CEO in a company release. "The state continues to be a leader in renewable fuels production."
Iowa's Ethanol Production
According to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
, the Dyersville plant marks 32 operating biorefineries in Iowa. Overall annual production capacity for the state now reaches almost 2.5 billion gallons