Proposed Ethanol Plant

By: Narina Crain
By: Narina Crain

Winnebago County could soon have a new ethanol plant. Developers laid out the plans at a Farm Bureau meeting Tuesday night.

Farmers are most excited about the huge economic impact of the plant, it could bring in as much as $157 million. Ethanol is a corn based product; so much of that money will be spent on local farmers' crops.

The proposed facility would be located off Meridian Road, just south of Cunningham. It would be more technologically advanced than the Adkins Energy Plant in Lena. Developers say it would pump out 100 million gallons of ethanol every year.

That would require lots of corn, and 43 employees. Construction of the plant would also provide temporary jobs to about 120 people.


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