Cardinal Ethanol starts up Indiana plant

By Bryan Sims | November 03, 2008
Web exclusive posted Nov. 6, 2008 at 1:44 p.m. CST

On Nov. 1, Cardinal Ethanol LLC officially began start-up operations at its 100 MMgy ethanol facility near Union City, Ind. U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., along with other politicians, members of the media and a small group of Cardinal Ethanol officials were on hand at the company's grand opening event.

"It is with a tremendous source of pride that Cardinal Ethanol now occupies a critical role in our local community's economic revitalization and our country's drive for energy security," said Troy Prescott, president of Cardinal Ethanol. "The ethanol industry now provides more than half of our country's renewable energy, and we're proud to be a part of a team that is working toward the day that America will no longer have to rely on hostile countries for its energy needs."

The $150 million plant will create demand for 36 million bushels of corn annually, much of which will be sourced from the local Union City area. Approximately 340,000 tons of distillers dried grains with solubles will be produced annually, which will be marketed to livestock and poultry producers as a value-added nutritional supplement.

In addition, the plant has more than six miles of rail throughout its 300-acre site and more than 150 new railroad tanker cars, each equipped to carry 29,000 gallons of ethanol.

"Ethanol is the only significant available renewable fuel option for the fuel transportation market and will remain a critical element in our move to energy independence," said Toni Nuernberg, executive director of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council. "Cardinal Ethanol now joins the group of ethanol producers who are helping secure America's economic and energy future."

With Cardinal Ethanol's plant on line, there are now 12 producing ethanol facilities in the Indiana. The state is the fifth largest producer of ethanol, and with the addition of Cardinal Ethanol, it now has a combined capacity of approximately 1.1 billion gallons.