ICM to retrofit idle Fulton N.Y. plant

By Luke Geiver | January 04, 2010
Posted Jan. 11, 2010

ICM Inc. will retrofit an idled 85 MMgy ethanol plant in Fulton, N.Y., now owned by Sunoco Inc. The plant, formerly owned by Northeast Biofuels, was built in 2008, and is the largest ethanol manufacturing facility in the northeastern United States. Sunoco, a leading manufacturer and marketer of petroleum and petrochemical products, purchased the idled facility in mid 2009.

President and CEO of ICM, Dave Vander Griend said, "ICM got its start by taking struggling plants designed by other companies and retrofitting them for efficient and profitable operation." Since 1995, ICM has led the successful modification and retrofitting efforts for 13 non-ICM ethanol plant ownership groups.

Tom Ranallo, ICM vice president of operations added, "ICM is extremely pleased to collaborate with Sunoco to create jobs in Oswego County and strengthen America's renewable energy capabilities." Ranallo notes the project will be supported by dozens of ICM employees along with local labor from the Fulton area.

Speaking on the project, Michael McKee, general manager of Sunoco's ethanol business, said, "ICM has the knowledge and experience to make this project a success. We are pleased to join with ICM to complete this important work and begin operating the facility." According to ICM, the Sunoco plant will begin receiving corn and resume operations sometime in early to mid July.