Ergon Biofuels: Vicksburg plant returns to full capacity

By Ergon Inc. | June 24, 2015

Ergon BioFuels LLC has announced its ethanol plant in Vicksburg is back to full operation following a brief suspension in services to facilitate renovations and upgrades. The plant was originally established in 2007. On Dec. 31, 2013, the facility became a wholly owned subsidiary of Ergon BioSciences Inc., and was rebranded as Ergon Biofuels.

With returning the plant to full operation, EBF added 32 new employees, renewing its ties to the Vicksburg community. The installation of processing upgrades has led to increased ethanol yields and improved dried distillers’ grain. Implementation of new technology, set for completion at the end of summer 2015, will allow for the production of corn oil, used in biodiesel. As a major local consumer of agricultural feedstock (approximately 20 million bushels of corn, annually), EBF also provides a substantial boost to the local agricultural community. With nearly 60-million gallons of annual production capacity, EBF is one of the largest ethanol producers in the southeastern United States.

Craig Busbea, general manager for EBF, said, “We are excited to have the ethanol plant back in operation. The improvements made to the Vicksburg facility reaffirm Ergon’s commitment to producing biomass energy in Mississippi. As a local, family-owned company, we are happy to be providing well-paying jobs in our community and an enhanced economic stimulus to our state.”