Flint Hills acquires Nebraska ethanol plant, now owns five total

By Holly Jessen | December 12, 2012

Flint Hills Resources LLC announced Dec. 7 that it finalized the acquisition of a 115 MMgy Fairmont, Neb., ethanol plant, formerly owned by Advanced BioEnergy LLC.

Flint Hills owns four Iowa ethanol plants located in Fairbank, Iowa Falls, Menlo and Shell Rock, which have a combined capacity of 435 MMgy. With the purchase of its fifth ethanol plant the company’s total capacity climbs to 550 MMgy.

The ethanol plant, which has been renamed Flint Hills Resources Fairmont LLC, remained in operation throughout the sale, according to a Flint Hills spokesperson. The facility began operation in October 2007 and employs about 50 people, according to a press release. There were no personnel changes but the company is working to fill four vacant positions, a spokesperson said, including a human resources generalist, production operator, ethanol maintenance technician and grain receiving tech.

Flint Hills operates refineries in Alaska, Minnesota and Texas that have a combined capacity of more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Its petrochemical business includes production facilities in Illinois, Michigan and Texas.

Advanced BioEnergy announced it was selling the facility to Flint Hills in October. With the sale of its Nebraska plant, Advanced BioEnergy now has an ethanol production capacity of about 85 MMgy, with a 32 MMgy plant in Huron, S.D., and sister plants in Aberdeen, S.D., which have a joint capacity of 53 MMgy.