POET to host grand opening in Indiana on April 17
Lt. Governor Skillman & Director of Dept. of Ag to give addresses
Thursday, March 20, 2008 - Plant News & Announcements
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (March 20, 2008) – On April 17, POET will host a grand opening event for POET Biorefining – Alexandria. The $115 million ethanol production facility in Alexandria, Ind. will be the 23rd POET production facility. The program is open to the public and will include addresses from Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Andy Miller, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
The event will be held at the facility (13179 N 100 East) with guided public tours beginning at 9:30 a.m. At 10:45 a.m. the crowd will be treated to a flyover from the Vanguard Squadron – the world’s only 100 percent ethanol-powered aerobatic fleet. The speaking program will start at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served by Rachel's HI Way Café from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tours will resume at 12:30 p.m. and run through 2:30 p.m.
Schedule of events:
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Public tours
10:45 a.m. Vanguard Squadron Fly-over
11:00 a.m. – noon Speaking program
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Public tours
Attendees will also be able to view a life-sized replica of the #17 Ethanol Car from the Indy Racing League that is co-sponsored by POET. Public parking for the event is available at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Buses will run to and from the public parking place and the facility throughout the day.
POET Biorefining – Alexandria will produce 65 million gallons of ethanol per year from more than 22 million bushels of corn from the area and provide around 40 jobs with an annual payroll of approximately $2 million. It will be the second ethanol plant opened by POET in Indiana while one additional plant is under construction near North Manchester. Once the Alexandria facility is operational, POET’s annual production capacity will be 1.33 billion gallons.
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world according to the Renewable Fuels Association, is an established leader in the biorefining industry through project development, design and construction, research and development, plant management, and marketing. The 20-year old company currently operates 22 production facilities in the United States with five more in construction or under development. The company produces and markets more than 1.25 billion gallons of ethanol annually. For more information, go to http://www.poetenergy.com.
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