“This marks an important milestone in Aventine’s continuing story of innovation and demonstrates our leadership in the ethanol industry,” said Mark Beemer, Aventine’s president and CEO.
“We are excited to have Aurora West up and running, creating local jobs, and contributing to the Nebraska economy,” he added. “By producing sustainable green energy, we’re also helping to ensure America’s domestic energy security.” The company has hired 52 employees to date, and expects to hire 18 more in the next two months, for an annualized payroll of $4.6 million.
“We have already injected $10.6 million into the local Aurora economy through expenditures on operational needs,” Beemer noted. “Aventine will be able to bring to market substantial quantities of ethanol each year in Nebraska, cementing our position as one of the premier end-to-end suppliers of ethanol in the country.”
About Aventine Renewable Energy
Aventine Renewable Energy, Pekin, Ill., is a leading producer and marketer of industrial and fuel ethanol and related byproducts, bioproducts and coproducts, including corn gluten feed and meal, corn germ, condensed corn distillers solubles, dried distillers grain with solubles and wet distillers grain with solubles, corn oils and yeast.