Growth Energy adds six new members

By | February 09, 2010
News release posted Feb. 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, welcomed six new ethanol producers to its growing list of members. Cardinal Ethanol, Carbon Green Bioenergy LLC, Tharaldson, Redfield Energy LLC, Advanced Bio Energy LLC, and Corn Plus will join Growth Energy's team of 55 Plant Members and 34 Associate Members to help expand the production of domestic ethanol as a means to decrease our dependence on foreign oil and create American jobs at home.

"Since our inception a little more than a year ago, Growth Energy has made great strides on behalf of making America energy independent, cleaning our environment and creating jobs right here in the U.S.," said CEO of Growth Energy, Tom Buis. "Our representation of the ethanol industry continues to grow, as more and more producers see what we are doing on behalf of renewable, sustainable, domestic ethanol. Adding these six ethanol producers to our growing team will help us achieve our goals as we work to grow America's economy through cleaner, greener energy."

Cardinal Ethanol is a natural gas fired plant designed to produce 100 million gallons of ethanol each year along with 320,000 tons of dried distillers grains with soluble. The plant is located in Randolph County, Indiana, and employs a staff of approximately 48 full-time employees.

Carbon Green BioEnergy was developed jointly by Carbon Green LLC and Energetix LLC. It is a Chicago-based company dedicated to optimizing biofuel production by improving process efficiency and reducing emissions. The plant, located in Lake Odessa, Mich., generates 50 million gallons of ethanol a year.

Tharaldson is located in Casselton, N.D. about 30 minutes west of Fargo. As one of the nation's largest ethanol facilities, Tharaldson Ethanol produces 110 million gallons of ethanol and about 350,000 tons of dried distiller's grain each year. Tharaldson's state of the art facility utilizes the latest, most innovative and energy efficient technology in the marketplace including low natural gas consumption per gallon of ethanol produced and extensive grain storage infrastructure including a grain dryer to accommodate wet corn.

Redfield Energy is a 50 million gallon per year ethanol production facility located two miles north of Redfield, S.D. The plant produces approximately 160,000 tons of modified wet and dried distillers grain, which is sold to the local and West Coast markets.

Advanced BioEnergy owns and operates ethanol production facilities in Fairmont, Neb., Huron, S.D. and Aberdeen, S.D. Their combined annual ethanol production capacity is approximately 200 million gallons. The company currently employs 120 full-time employees.

Corn Plus operates a 49 million gallon annual ethanol production facility in Winnebago, Minn. The plant was constructed in 1993 and is locally owned, supported, financed and marketed. Corn Plus's innovation in value-added ethanol production is of national significance; its new fluidized bed is the only one of its kind in the world.

"Carbon Green BioEnergy LLC chose to join Growth Energy because of the strong leadership shown by Growth in addressing the crucial issues facing the ethanol industry," said Jim Murphy, chairman of the company. "We are impressed with the way Growth Energy has structured its organization to encourage members to be proactive in achieving our shared goals."

"Tharaldson Ethanol believes in Growth Energy's vision and innovative approaches through promotion and legislation, necessary to expand ethanol's influence on America's fuel demand," said Russ Newman, vice president of Tharaldson.

"Redfield Energy LLC is proud to be a member of Growth Energy," said Tom Hitchcock, Chief Executive Officer of Redfield Energy. "Our Board of Managers and Executive Team know that Growth Energy is the ideal partner to get the right message out to the public about the many benefits of ethanol. I have been impressed with the passion toward this goal that their leadership group has shown."

"Advanced BioEnergy LLC has joined Growth Energy because we believe the policy issues facing the industry over the next two years are critical to our long-term success," said Rich Peterson, CEO of Advanced BioEnergy. "With improved financial stability it was time to take a more direct and active role in the industry through active participation in Growth Energy. The outcome of today's legislative policy issues directly impact the success of our company and we support Growth Energy's initiatives to cultivate a pro-ethanol policy environment at state and federal levels."

"We greatly appreciate and value Growth Energy's political connections within the D.C. market," said Keith Kor, General Manager of Corn Plus. "Their unique ability to arrange and schedule vital legislative meetings on our behalf is of great value to us here at Corn Plus."

About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America's economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home.

SOURCE: Growth Energy