Big River Resources will build $55 million plant

By | April 01, 2002
A farmer-owned grain cooperative has announced plans to build a $55 million ethanol plant in southeast Iowa, employing 32 people and using 15 million bushels of corn annually.

Big River Resources Cooperative chose West Burlington over a site near Gladstone, Ill. Andy Brader, co-chairman of the co-op, said farmers who will be hauling their corn from several Illinois and Iowa counties preferred the site because of its rail and highway access.

The plant will be located north of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe main rail line and south of the new four-lane U.S. Highway 34. The West Burlington site is flat terrain, has natural gas available and came with state and local financial incentives, Brader said. Adequate water and electrical power also were important, he said.

The new plant will have an initial production capacity of 40 mmgy, but will be designed for future expansion to double that amount. Fagen Inc., of Granite Falls, Minn., will begin construction in September.