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NW Iowa Ethanol Plant Expands

Spencer, IA: A northwest Iowa ethanol plant formally broke ground Monday on a new “bolt-on” cellulosic ethanol bio-refinery.

The $8.5 million project at Galva-based Quad County Corn Processors started last week, according to General Manager Delayne Johnson. Johnson says new technology will allow the Galva plant to create an additional 2 million gallons of ethanol out of corn kernels already on site. He says ethanol yields will increase by six percent, corn oil removal will be three times greater, and the DDGs produced will be higher in protein and lower in fiber. Operations at the expanded facility are slated to begin next April, according to Johnson. Five new jobs will be created.

The Monday ground-breaking was attended by Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey, Monte Shaw with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen with the Washington-based Renewable Fuels Association, and Brian Jennings with the American Coalition for Ethanol.

Quad County Corn Processors is a 35 million gallon per year corn starch ethanol production facility, which was founded in 2000.