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8/22/2006



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CN to serve Alternative Energy Sources' new Illinois plant



It didn’t take long for Alternative Energy Sources Inc. (AENS) to announce plans to build its second ethanol plant. Yesterday, company officials said the firm will construct a 110 million-gallon-capacity plant in Kankakee, Ill., adjacent to a Canadian National Railway Co. mainline.

To be built on a 248-acre site beginning in six to nine months, the facility will be located along Interstate 57, enabling AENS to ship ethanol via rail and truck. The plant is scheduled to be completed in fall 2008.

“With both rail and truck shipping capabilities readily available, we will be able to serve national markets, as well as neighboring communities in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana,” said AENS President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Beemer in a prepared statement.

Last week, the company announced plans to build its first ethanol plant along a Union Pacific Railroad mainline in Boone County, Iowa. AENS officials expect to construct additional plants in the Midwest, as well as the first cellulosic ethanol facility in the eastern U.S.


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