Adding to the Mix

Cargill eyes diversification at newly acquired Iowa ethanol plant
By Kris Bevill | April 15, 2011

Cargill Inc. recently announced it has acquired the former Tate & Lyle ethanol plant at Fort Dodge, Iowa, for $57 million, and plans to restart the 115 MMgy facility within 18 to 24 months. The wet mill ethanol plant was reportedly never fully completed. Cargill says it plans to make efficiency modifications to the facility before re-starting and anticipates making a series of additional investments in the future to develop the plant into a biorefinery complex, capable of producing a variety of products.

Cargill currently operates a 195 MMgy ethanol plant in Blair, Neb., and a 35 MMgy plant in Eddyville, Iowa. “We see an opportunity in Fort Dodge to replicate the success we have had at our Blair and Eddyville biorefinery campuses,” says Alan Willits, president of Cargill Corn Milling North America. “When completed, Fort Dodge will be a world-class biorefinery campus that will produce ethanol and other biobased products. We will achieve energy and operational efficiency while respecting the environment and natural resources, as we have in Blair and Eddyville.” 

—Kris Bevill