Laddonia Ethanol Plant Opens

1 decade 3 days 20 hours ago September 26, 2006 Sep 26, 2006 Tuesday, September 26 2006 Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:54:57 PM CDT in News
Monday, a new ethanol plant opened in Missouri. Those involved with theplant said it's different from the other three already in Missouri. TheLaddonia plant is the most technologically advanced and most efficient.The plant is largely farmer owned, with almost 900 farmer investors,and those farmers are excited about the new opportunity.

The openingstarted with the world's only 100 percent ethanol-powered aerobaticfleet flying overhead. Hundreds of people lined up for the chance totour the new plant and learn more about the benefits of ethanol.>>

"The other people that benefit are our consumers. In St. Louis, in Kansas City, in Columbia. And really across the United States because we are helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We're helping to increase our supply of transportation fuel," said Gary Marshall of the Missouri Corn Growers Association.

The benefits of ethanol don't just stop at the consumer.

We also want to make sure that we protect our environment and clean the air. And one of the great things about ethanol is that it is cleaner burning and it reduces harmful tailpipe emissions, so this plant is helping generate clean air benefits as well," said Brian Jennings of the American Coalition for Ethanol.

The ethanol plant will produce 45 million gallons of ethanol from 17 million bushels of corn a year. The plant will employ 40 full time employees and provide more business for mid-Missouri farmers. The ethanol plant in Laddonia is one of four plants in Missouri. There are 106 plants nationwide with several in the midwest. Fifty plants are currently being built. Now with the Laddonia plant, Missouri will be able to produce more than 100 million gallons of ethanol a year.

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