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4/16/2007



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VeraSun Energy opens IC&E-served ethanol plant in Iowa



Last week, VeraSun Energy Corp. opened an ethanol plant in Charles City, Iowa.

To be served by the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad Corp. (IC&E), the facility will process 39 million bushels of corn, and produce 110 million gallons of ethanol and 350,000 tons of distillers grains annually. The plant is expected to reach full production by late May.

VeraSun Energy operates other IC&E-served ethanol plants in Aurora, S.D., and Fort Dodge, Iowa. The company also is building a plant in Hartley, Iowa, that will be served by the IC&E and a facility in Welcome, Minn., that will be served by the regional and Union Pacific Railroad. Both plants are scheduled to open in first-quarter 2008.

In addition, VeraSun Energy soon will announce the location of a sixth ethanol facility, which would open in late 2008.


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