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Canada's Trillium Railway to serve first ethanol plant


Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative broke ground last week for an ethanol plant in Aylmer, Ontario, that will break new ground for a southern Ontario short-line operator’s traffic.

After the plant opens in second-half 2008, Trillium Railway Co. Ltd. will move ethanol for the first time. Established in 1997 and operator of the Port Colborne Harbour Railway and St. Thomas and Eastern Railway, Trillium Railway currently transports grain, corn syrup and byproducts, fertilizers, agricultural chemicals and pipe.

The ethanol plant will feature a more than 5,000-foot siding connecting to a line operated by Trillium Railway, which will move inbound corn and outbound ethanol and co-products. The company’s short lines operate more than 60 track miles and interchange with Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway and Norfolk Southern Railway.

Access to the rail line helped convince co-op officials to choose the Aylmer site, said Trillium Railway President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne Ettinger in a prepared statement.