CVEC expansion underway

By | July 01, 2002
Work is underway at the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) on an expansion that will nearly double the plant's production. When it was constructed more than six years ago, CVEC was designed to produce 15 mmgy, consuming 6 million bushels of corn. However, the plant has consistently produced beyond its design capacity. Through improvements to the plant in recent years, its capacity was raised to more than 20 mmgy. Now the plant would like to double its output to 40 million gallons annually. The expansion is reportedly permitted to produce up to 49.5 mmgy. CVEC General Manager Bill Lee has said he would like to see the operation gradually build toward that goal.