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November 13, 2002

Ethanol Construction Boom Brings Michigan Its First Plant

Michigan Ethanol, LLC completed construction of the first ethanol production plant in Michigan in late October. The new facility, located outside of Caro, Michigan, will process nearly 16 million bushels of corn each year, producing 40 million gallons of ethanol. Wisconsin also gained an ethanol plant in October, as Badger State Ethanol LLC finished construction on a corn-to-ethanol plant that will also produce 40 million gallons of ethanol each year. The new plant, located near Monroe, is the largest ethanol plant in the state.

The booming ethanol industry continues to set new production records: In September, the industry set a new monthly production record of 145,000 barrels per day, up 25 percent from September 2001. Currently, 68 ethanol plants nationwide have the capacity to produce 2.65 billion gallons per year, and 10 additional ethanol plants are under construction. See the Renewable Fuels Association press releases.

The leading ethanol production company, Archer Daniels Midland Company, also continues to grow. The company announced in late October that it would buy The Dow Chemical Company's share of World Ethanol, which is a joint venture of the two companies. During 2003 and 2004, Dow will gradually shift its ethanol customers to two ADM facilities, and will exit the ethanol industry by January 1, 2005. See the Dow press release.