Broin's Michigan Ethanol begins production

Plant is first ethanol production facility in state
By | October 01, 2002
CARO, Mich. Broin Companies completed construction on Michigan Ethanol, LLC this month. The facility is the first ethanol plant to operate in the state of Michigan.

Michigan Ethanol is located on 43 acres of land in Caro's industrial park in Tuscola County. The plant will process nearly 16 million bushels of corn per year into 40 million gallons of ethanol and 120,000 tons of distillers dry grains.

"Response by area producers delivering corn to the plant has been outstanding," said Tony Simpson, Michigan Ethanol, LLC general manager. "Michigan Ethanol is looked upon as a new major marketing alternative for area corn producers."

The plant was designed and built by the Broin Companies, of Sioux Falls, S.D., a provider of turnkey design/build, management and product marketing services to the ethanol industry. "The economic impact in the local and regional area will be significant," said Jeff Broin, CEO of Broin Companies. "Not only has the plant created a new local market for corn, it has provided new jobs and will spend millions of dollars annually in its operation.

According to Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the state of Michigan is the fifth largest market for ethanol in the U.S. "We expect much of the ethanol made in Caro to be used in Michigan," Dinneen said at the plant's grand opening.

Michigan Ethanol General Manager Tony Simpson said the plant will work hard to offer area farmers competitive prices for their corn. "We feel we need to become the market in this area. . . the first place people look to sell their bushels," he said.

About 400 growers from 30 Michigan counties invested in the $63 million plant.

Michigan Ethanol will employ 39 people and have an annual payroll of over $1 million. Broin Management, LLC, a division of Broin Companies, will manage the facility permanently.