BROOKINGS, S.D. -- VeraSun Energy Corp. has decided that Hartley, Iowa, has been selected as the location of the Company's new 110-million-gallon-per-year ethanol production facility in northwestern Iowa.

The site is located on approximately 350 acres southwest of Hartley.

"Our site selection has been based on criteria including corn availability, access to transportation, utilities, and community workforce," said VeraSun President Bruce Jamerson. "We are excited to be moving forward in Hartley and will be finalizing the arrangements necessary for construction. The community support in O'Brien and Clay counties for our development has been outstanding."

Construction of the plant, planned to begin later this year, will take approximately 16 months. When completed, the plant will process more than 39 million bushels of corn annually and employ approximately 50 skilled workers.

VeraSun expects to enter into contracts with ICM and Fagen Inc. for engineering and construction services for the facility.

VeraSun Energy Corporation is the second-largest ethanol producer in the U.S., based on production. The company has two operating production facilities located in Aurora, S.D., and Fort Dodge, Iowa, is constructing a third facility in Charles City, Iowa, and an additional facility is under development in Welcome, Minn. Upon completion of the new facilities, VeraSun will have an annual production capacity of approximately 560 million gallons of ethanol per year.

VeraSun's branded E85 is now available at more than 70 retail locations across the Midwest. The company markets VeraSun E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline for Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs), directly to fuel retailers under the brand VE85(TM).

SOURCE: VeraSun Energy Corporation via PR Newswire.