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Michigan Ethanol Begins Production

Date Posted: October 28, 2002

Caro, MI--Michigan Ethanol, LLC has completed construction on its plant, the first ethanol plant to operate in the state of Michigan.

Michigan Ethanol, LLC, located outside of Caro, MI, will process nearly 16 million bushels of corn per year into 40 million gallons of ethanol and 120,000 tons of distillers dry grains.

"Response by area producers delivering corn to the plant has been outstanding," said Tony Simpson, Michigan Ethanol, LLC general manager.

"Michigan Ethanol is looked upon as a new major marketing alternative for area corn producers."

The plant was designed and built by the Broin Companies, of Sioux Falls, SD.

"The economic impact in the local and regional area will be significant," said Jeff Broin, CEO of the Broin Companies.

"Not only has the plant created a new local market for corn, it has provided new jobs and will spend millions of dollars annually in its operation.

Speaking to several hundred people at the plant grand opening, Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association president, stated: "The state of Michigan consumes a great deal of ethanol and now they have an in-state ethanol supplier.

"I congratulate Michigan Ethanol on their plant start-up and welcome them to the most dynamic industry in the energy business.

"I look forward to working with them in the future to pass a renewable fuels standard and continue the rapid growth of the ethanol industry."

There are currently 67 ethanol plants with the capacity to produce more than 2.6 billion gallons annually in the United States and 11 plants under construction.

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