Northstar Ethanol, LLC, has begun production at its ethanol plant near Lake Crystal, Minn. Northstar Ethanol will process over 17.5 million bushels of corn into 50 million gallons of ethanol and 150,000 tons of distillers grains annually.

The plant is being built by Broin Companies of Sioux Falls, S.D. "The Broin Companies are excited to bring this world-class facility to Lake Crystal," said Jeff Broin, CEO of the Broin Companies. "Northstar Ethanol is creating a new market for area corn growers and providing highly technical, good paying jobs. This plant will be a catalyst for millions of dollars in new economic growth for the region."

Currently, 85 ethanol plants nationwide have the capacity to produce over 3.8 billion gallons annually. There are 15 ethanol plants and two major expansions under construction with a combined annual capacity of nearly 740 million gallons.

Source: Association Release