(Inset) "Prime the Pump Fund's" (PPF) Chairman Ray Defenbaugh, Big River Resources
, accepts a $225,000 donation from Syngenta's Chris Tingle.
A facility will be operated by Air Products to take up production of 250 tons per day (tpd) of liquid CO2 at Big River Resources' established ethanol plant in Boyceville, Wisconsin.
Jim Leiting, chief operating officer at Big River Resources, LLC, said, This is our first foray into working with a CO2 company at any of our ethanol plants and we are very happy to begin this collaboration with Air Products.
14 that United Cooperative had joined forces with Big River Resources LLC, of West Burlington, Iowa, and Rumbold & Kun Inc., of Wyoming, Ill., to form Big River United Energy LLC, which will own the plant.
Big River Resources was formed as a cooperative in 1992, later changing into a holding company.
Brookings, SD-based US BioEnergy Corporation and West Burlington, IA-based Big River Resources
, LLC recently announced an agreement to jointly construct a 100-million-gallon-per-year dry grind ethanol facility near Grinnell, IA.
Air Products has expanded its foothold in the Upper Midwest through a long-term agreement with Boyceville, WI-based Big River Resources
Boyceville, LLC to produce liquid CO2.
"Big River Resources
brings higher corn prices and good jobs to a bi-state region," said RFA president Bob Dinneen.
* Iowa's Des Moines County supervisors have earmarked $10,000 for a study on a new ethanol plant operated by Big River Resources
. The cooperative hopes to raise $100,000 for a feasibility study and organizing effort aimed at developing a 15-million bushel plant with an annual payroll of $30,000 to $40,000.
According to facility manager Edgar Seward, the Big River Resources
ethanol plant is expected to generate enough of the alternative fuel in one year's time "to fill 30 million cars with 10-percent blend one time."