VeraSun Energy Corp. (Brookings, S.D.), one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers, announced the startup of its 110 million gallon per year ethanol biorefinery located near Hartley, Iowa. The Hartley production facility marks the 13th VeraSun biorefinery in operation, increasing the company’s annual production capacity to more than 1.3 billion gallons.
Located on a 350-acre site, construction on the facility began in November 2006. The biorefinery will annually process approximately 39 million bushels of corn and produce about 350,000 tons of distillers grains for livestock feed, in addition to employing approximately 55 workers.
VeraSun Hartley is the fourth VeraSun facility to come online this year, joining sister production facilities in Marion, S.D., Bloomingburg, Ohio and Hankinson, N.D. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Hartley facility is the 31st operating ethanol biorefinery in the state of Iowa, expanding overall production throughout the state to almost 2.5 billion gallons annually.