Big Growth

Big River adds capacity
By Holly Jessen | January 11, 2012

A fourth ethanol plant now bears the Big River name. Big River Resources LLC closed the acquisition of the former Western Wisconsin Energy LLC plant Dec. 1. “The plant continued operations as normal through the acquisition and continues to operate at full capacity as Big River Resources Boyceville LLC,” Jim Leiting, general manager of Big River Resources tells EPM.

The 55 MMgy Boyceville, Wis., plant began producing ethanol in 2006. Big River Resources was formed as a cooperative but evolved into a joint venture holding company structured for multiple ethanol plants. The company operates ethanol plants in West Burlington, Iowa, and Galva, Ill., as well as being a majority shareholder and managing partner in a plant in Dyersville, Iowa. With the recent purchase, Big River Resources’ plants have a combined capacity of 380 MMgy. The company is also an investor in Absolute Energy LLC, a 100 MMgy ethanol plant in St. Ansgar, Iowa, and owns a development site in Grinnell, Iowa, as well as 10 million bushels of grain holding capacity in five locations in Illinois.—Holly Jessen