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August 31, 2001

Midwest Grain Processors Breaks Ground on Ethanol Plant in Iowa

Iowa is Home to 7 Ethanol Plants and 4 Under Construction

WASHINGTON, DC - The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) congratulated the farmer-owners of Midwest Grain Processors (MGP) who broke ground today on an ethanol production facility in Lakota, Iowa. The plant will process 16 million bushels of corn into 45 million gallons of ethanol per year.

Fagen, Inc. - the Granite Falls, Minnesota design-build contractor - is spearheading the project. This is the second Fagen project to break ground
in August.

"The farmer-owners of Midwest Grain Processors are creating a value-added market for their corn," said Bob Dinneen, president of the RFA. "They are to be commended for helping to grow the national ethanol industry and for spearheading an agricultural industry park in north-central Iowa. Today they join the most exciting industry in the energy field. Without farmers like those involved with MGP, the dramatic growth of the ethanol industry during the last few years would not have been possible. The commitment of farmers across this country is making it possible for states from
California to New York to use safe, clean, renewable ethanol."

Since 1999, more than a dozen ethanol production facilities have opened and six major expansions to existing facilities were completed. Today, 57 ethanol plants can produce over 2 billion gallons per year. There are twelve ethanol plants under construction with a combined annual capacity
of 245 million gallons, over 30 existing companies undergoing expansion totaling 235 million additional gallons, and dozens of additional proposed production facilities across the country in various stages of development, engineering and financing. Annual ethanol production capacity is expected to reach 3.5 billion gallons during 2003.

"The ethanol industry is growing to meet the demand for cleaner-burning fuels," said Dinneen. "The record pace of expansion will continue to grow.

Ethanol use is increasing from coast to coast. That's good news for farmers, consumers, and the environment."

Monte Shaw
Communications Director
Renewable Fuels Association
202-289-3835 phone
202-289-7519 fax 


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