Governor to Unveil Plans For New Ethanol Plant

Putnam County next site of newest Indiana ethanol plant. Tom J. Bechman

Published on: Jun 28, 2005

Indiana still officially has one ethanol plant that produces ethanol for the regular market- the New Energy Plant at South Bend. But that could soon change, and in a big way.

An ethanol plant in Jasper County is reportedly close to groundbreaking. Inside information says another plant near Marion is working toward groundbreaking as well. And look for details in the July issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer about an enthusiastic bunch of east-central Indiana farmers who formed their own limited liability partnership, Indiana Ethanol, to pursue building a plant in their part of the world.

Now comes word that Governor Mitch Daniels will announce Tuesday, June 28, that an ethanol plant will be built in southern Putnam County. This puts the plant some 40 miles west of Indianapolis. Greencastle is the county seat of Putnam County.

Details are still sketchy, and the picture will come into better focus with the announcement. The event is being billed locally as a groundbreaking ceremony for a new ethanol plant.

Insiders in Putnam County report that this is actually the first of two ethanol production plants planned for Putnam County. A group has been at work for the past several years researching the feasibility of ethanol plants in west-central Indiana.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.