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June 19, 2003

Broin Company breaks ground for Otter Creek ethanol plant at Ashton

Jeff Broin, chief executive officer of Broin and Associates of Sioux Falls, S. Dak.,, noted that the Otter Creek facility is the 18th of 19 such facilities being built by his company.

The plant, which is expected to be on-line next summer, will produce 45 million gallons of ethanol annually utilizing approximately 16 million bushels of corn. Additionally, 135,000 tons of premium Dakota Gold livestock feed will also be produced. The project is estimated at $60 million dollars.

In return approximately 40 full-time jobs will be created carrying an annual payroll of $1,250,000. Annual area expenditures are estimated at $50-60 million. Company literature noted however, that "with consideration of a conservative economic impact multiplier of 5x, the potential annual influence of 'total' area expenses approaches $300 million.

Broin told the group, "We want to erect and manage to profitability as quickly as possible our third Iowa plant."

Trevor Guthmiller, a representative of the American Coalition for Ethanol, added, "Everyone can feel proud. This will have a tremendous impact on the local economy and local agriculture. . . We are excited about this project. We think it will be good for Iowa and good for the United States."

Part of the enthusiasm comes from the implementation of the renewable fuel standards (RFS), which Pam Johnson, secretary of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, noted bans the use of MTBEs-an alternative fuel additive that has been connected to the contamination of ground water.

Maureen Wilson, regional director for Senator Tom Harkin noted that the RFS calls for five billion gallons of ethanol by the year 2012 in addition to the phasing out of MTBEs and preservation of air quality.

"Clearly, it is in our country's best interest to help the economy and reduce dependence on foreign oil," remarked Wilson, reading a letter from Harkin.

Those sentiments were echoed by Marliss DeJong, regional director for Senator Chuck Grassley and Wayne Brincks, agriculture representative for Congressman Steve King.

DeJong added that farm income increased $6.6 billion last year through ethanol.

According to Brincks, 170 gallons of ethanol was produced using 60 million bushels of corn last year.

"We are starting to make the turn in our energy policy toward renewable energy but it has taken 25 years," Brincks remarked.

Brian Mino, president of the Ashton State Bank and a member of the Osceola County Economic Development Commission, pointed out many of the benefits of the project.

"This project benefits the area in many ways. It brings people to town to use our restaurants, hotels and other services. Everyone benefits when our local products are used," he said. "This is a wonderful, wonderful opportunity."

Thurman, the board chairman concluded the program stating, "This is a great day for the Ashton area. We want Otter Creek to be a participant in the community and we are really excited to be here today."



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