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December 18, 2003

New plant to process ethanol byproduct; about 30 to be hired

By MELONY LEAZER mleazer@kentuckynewera.com

Rather than have carbon dioxide bubbles float in the air, a new industry soon will be able to package the carbonic acid gas and help drive the agricultural economy in Christian County.
Pain Enterprises Inc., based in Bloomington, Ind., will break ground in the spring of 2004 on a new facility next to the Commonwealth Agri-Energy ethanol plant off the Pembroke Road. The ethanol operation, a subsidiary of Hopkinsville Elevator, is scheduled to begin March 1.

The arrival of Pain Enterprises was announced Tuesday by officials with the Hopkinsville-Christian County Economic Development Council at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Conference and Convention Center.

The side-by-side location of the two plants is significant because of the "great working relationship" that will be formed between them to offer "value-added" products from farm commodities, according to David Brame, president of Commonwealth Agri-Energy.

"When we started the ethanol plant, we told you that we would bring in industry. This is our first promise right here," he told a group of about 80 people. "They will be able to take our raw product and add value to it."

The ethanol plant will convert corn grown in the area to a high-grade motor fuel additive. During the process, carbon dioxide is released as a byproduct, which will be sold to Pain Enterprises for the manufacture of solid carbon dioxide, known as dry ice.

Dry ice is widely used as a refrigerant, especially in packaging and shipment of poultry. It does not melt as a liquid but turns into gas, which reduces bacterial growth.

"Selling tiny bubbles is not on the front of everyone's mind," quipped Jack Pain, president of Pain Enterprises.

But, "we hope to open the door" to future markets," Pain said.

Pain Enterprises will open in the summer and employ about 30 people.

The new carbon dioxide plant is the fourth industrial announcement this year for the county, according to local economic officials.

 

 

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