VeraSun Energy starts up Dyersville plant

By Bryan Sims | September 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted Sept. 11, 2008 at 1:16 p.m. CST

Brookings, S.D.-based VeraSun Energy Corp. announced Sept. 5 the start-up of its 110 MMgy ethanol plant near Dyersville, Iowa. The Dyersville facility is the company's 14th plant in operation, increasing its annual production capacity to more than 1.4 billion gallons.

"We are pleased to bring another large-scale, environmentally friendly ethanol production facility on line in the state of Iowa," VeraSun Chief Executive Officer Don Endres said. "The state continues to be a leader in renewable fuels production, helping our nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We commend the Dyersville community, its leadership and the local corn producers for making this day a reality."

Construction on the facility, which is located on approximately 200 acres west of Dyersville, Iowa, began in October 2006. The plant will process approximately 39 million bushels of corn per year and produce about 350,000 tons of distillers grains. VeraSun took ownership of the plant in April, following its merger with U.S. BioEnergy.

According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, VeraSun Dyersville is the thirty-second operating corn-based ethanol plant in Iowa, increasing the state's overall annual production capacity to nearly 2.5 billion gallons. The Dyersville facility is VeraSun's fifth production facility in Iowa; the other 110 MMgy facilities are located in Albert City, Charles City, Fort Dodge and Hartley. At 550 MMgy of production capacity, VeraSun is the largest ethanol producer in the state of Iowa.

VeraSun Dyersville is the fifth VeraSun facility to go on line this year. VeraSun's other plants that came on line in 2008 are located in Marion, S.D.; Bloomingburg, Ohio; Hankinson, N.D.; and Hartley, Iowa.