The farmer-owners of the Amaizing Energy, LLC have begun production at their ethanol plant near Denison in western Iowa. The plant held an open house for the public on November 4.
"The Iowa ethanol industry congratulates Amaizing Energy and welcomes them to the largest ethanol producing state," says Bernie Punt, president of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and general manager of Siouxland Energy and Livestock Cooperative. Siouxland has an ethanol plant in operation at Sioux Center in northwest Iowa.
"With demand for ethanol at an all-time high, Amaizing Energy picked an 'amaizing' time to begin production," says Punt. "This plant will boost the Denison economy and provide a lower cost alternative for Iowa motorists."
Iowa leads nation in producing renewable fuel
Amaizing Energy will process more than 15 million bushels of corn into 40 million gallons of ethanol and 128,000 tons of distillers grains annually. Production at the plant creates 34 new jobs with an annual payroll of about $1.7 million.
"Today we see a five-year dream become reality," stated Sam Cogdill, chairman of Amaizing Energy. "We are honored that so many people trusted this project and invested. Now we can start producing a return on that investment."
Fagen, Inc., the Minnesota design-build contractor who builds a lot of plants, oversaw construction and incorporated a process design provided by ICM, Inc.
Iowa is the leader is renewable fuels production, states Monte Shaw, executive director of IRFA. Currently, Iowa has 20 ethanol plants with the capacity to produce more than 1.1 billion gallons annually. There are 6 ethanol plants and two major expansions under construction in Iowa with a combined annual capacity of over 500 million gallons.
Iowa also has 6 biodiesel plants
In addition, Iowa has 6 biodiesel plants with a combined annual capacity of over 100 million gallons either in operation or under construction. Many additional renewable fuels projects are under development, says Shaw.
Currently, 92 ethanol plants nationwide have the capacity to produce over four billion gallons annually in the United States. There are 23 ethanol plants and seven expansions under construction with a combined annual capacity of more than one billion gallons.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state's ethanol and biodiesel producers. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.