Eco-Energy to build Atlanta center, NC center to start up May 5

By Susanne Retka Schill | April 10, 2012

Tennessee-based ethanol marketing firm Eco-Energy Holdings Inc. is developing an ethanol unit train and storage facility to serve the Atlanta, Ga., area. The unit train terminal will be capable of distributing over 16.8 million gallons per month through an automated loading system. It will be equipped to receive 96-car unit trains via the CSX railroad and will have approximately 8.4 million gallons of ethanol tank storage when completed in mid-2013.

“We are excited about this addition to our ethanol unit train offering,” said Gwaine Ton, Eco-Energy chief financial and chief operating officer. “Atlanta is a growing market and this project reflects our continued investment in delivering optimal low-cost supply chain solutions to bio-fuel producers and end users. We also intend to further develop the site to service other industrial related businesses seeking longer-term supply chain solutions.”

The project is being developed in conjunction with the Cartersville-Bartow County, Ga., Department of Economic Development. “Cartersville’s access to the Atlanta market, transportation and other advantages are a great match for Eco-Energy. We are pleased to work with Eco-Energy, CSX Economic Development, several city departments and H&H Realty during the development of this facility and beyond,” said Melinda Lemmon, executive director, Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development.

The Atlanta facility is the latest to be announced in a series of planned expansion projects by Eco-Energy. An ethanol unit train and storage facility in Denton, N.C., is expected to begin operations May 5. 

Eco-Energy says it handles approximately 10 percent of the nation’s biofuels, maintaining Alliance Marketing partnerships with ethanol plants at 14 locations in the Midwest. The company operates five storage centers on the West Coast, Illinois and New York and 17 distribution centers, with one in California, two in Western Canada and the rest in the eastern half of the U.S., starting in Maine down to Georgia and across into Mississippi and Texas.