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July 9, 2002

Ethanol plant ready after years of planning

LENA - After years of planning, the first load of corn arrived at the Adkins Energy Cooperative in Lena at 9 a.m. Monday.

And delivering the first shipment was Linda Adkins, the widow of Randy Adkins, for whom the plant was named.

"It's a real good legacy for us," Adkins said about the plant's being named after her husband. "He was a man who knew what to do and he was always looking for ways to add to our product. It's been eight years in the making and it's just very cool, with that corn being delievered, it's finally going to happen."

Randy Adkins, who was president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and one of the first people in the area to support the plant, died on Aug. 22, 1995.

Linda Adkins said their interest in ethanol was rooted in a simple fact.

"We're farmers," she said. "We grow corn and ethanol is a wonderful byproduct of corn. It's a great way to make use of resources."

According to Mert Green, the Safety Health and Environmental Inspector at the plant, Adkins' semi-truck full of corn will be sent through the plant's system to test equipment.

As to when the $68 million facility will accept its second load of corn, "No real date has been set yet," Green said. But the plant is expected to open soon. When fully operational, the plant was projected to employ 35 to 40 people.

In late April 2001, Adkins Energy Limited Liability Co. signed a $45 million contract with German partner, Lurgi PSI, as primary contractor for the project's engineering, procurement and construction. The other partners are Nicor Energy Co. and Williams Ethanol Service Co.

The delivery ceremony was attended by more than 20 people.

Tyler Vincent can be reached at 232-0184 or by e-mail at tvincent@journalstandard.com



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