Big River Resources begins construction on 'bi-state' farmer-owned ethanol plant

By | November 01, 2002
Big River Resources, LLC is reportedly beginning construction on their ethanol plant in West Burlington, Iowa. Big River's farmer-owners are approximately split between Iowa and Illinois.

"Big River Resources is a prime example of regional cooperation designed to provide the best possible return to the farmer investors, said Bob Dinneen, RFA president. As farmers join together in value-added ventures, it's important to let sound economic research guide the way. I congratulate the farmer-owners of Big River and look forward to their entrance into the most dynamic sector of the energy business.

Big River Resources, LLC, will process over 15 million bushels of corn into 40 million gallons of ethanol and 120,000 tons of distillers dried grains (DDG) annually.

Many individuals and groups have worked long and hard to lead us to this point," said Raymond Defenbaugh, Big River Resources co-chair of the board. They come from both sides of the Mississippi River. We are united by the concept of value-added processing. Think of this plant like a tool. A tool that adds value to corn, helps the Federal budget, strengthens the rural economy, saves our natural resources, reduces reliance on foreign oil, and has the potential to provide a large return on investment.

Fagen/ICM project

Fagen, Inc., the Granite Falls, Minnesota design-build contractor, is spearheading the construction and incorporating a process design provided by ICM of Colwich, Kansas.

Raymond Defenbaugh, co-chairman of Big River Resources board of directors, said many individuals and groups have worked long and hard to make the plant a reality.

"We are united by the concept of value-added processing," said Defenbaugh. "Think of this plant like a tool, a tool that adds value to corn, helps the federal budget, strengthens the rural economy and has the potential to provide a large return on investment."

Another Fagen project in Iowa
Fagen said it has also closed financially on a 60-acre industrial site that will be the future home of the Golden Grain Energy LLC ethanol plant.

The site, located on 240th Street on the southern edge of Mason City, is situated on the eastern side of the Union Pacific railroad, a critical factor in its selection.

The land purchase was completed after the property was rezoned by the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors.

When completed, Golden Grain Energy will represent a $ 55 million investment and create about 35-40 jobs with an annual average sale of $ 35,000. The plant will process as much as 15 million bushels of corn annually into ethanol and distillers dried grains.