Ohio producers form new association

By | March 16, 2010
Three Ohio ethanol producers have formed the Ohio Ethanol Producers Association to promote the industry. "We wanted to make sure that our agenda and our contributions were being considered by the legislature," said Mark Borer, general manager of Poet Biorefinery in Leipsic, a 60 MMgy ethanol plant. Also members of the group are Poet plants in Fostoria and Marian, 50 MMgy and 68 MMgy facilities, respectively.

The group will take on the role that Buckeye Renewable Fuels Association had in the past, Borer said. That association disbanded last year amid market pressures.

Ohio's fourth operating ethanol plant is The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC, a 110 MMgy facility located in Greenville. The Valero-Bloomberg ethanol plant, a 110 MMgy facility near Bloomberg, is expected to restart later this year. Two others, AltraBiofuels Coshocton Ethanol LLC, in Coshocton, and Greater Ohio Ethanol LLC, Lima, are also in the process of restarting.

The ethanol industry has significantly impacted Ohio's economy in recent years, especially the rural economy, Borer said. The industry has invested nearly a billion dollars and created many jobs.