June 8, 2007
Ontario ethanol plant receives its 100,000th delivery of corn
Chatham, Ontario – GreenField Ethanol, Canada’s leading ethanol producer, accepted its 100,000th delivery of corn to its Chatham, Ontario plant yesterday. The milestone shipment was from a nearby farm in Kent Bridge.
“Since our Chatham plant opened in 1997, GreenField Ethanol’s success has been linked with the Chatham-Kent community,” says Bob Gallant, GreenField president and CEO. “This 100,000th delivery of corn would not have been possible without our Chatham employees and the local farms and businesses that we work with on a daily basis, year in, year out.”
The company estimates it has purchased $532 million worth of corn for the plant in the last ten years, with each delivery about 38 metric tonnes each. Since its inception, the facility has produced more than 1.2 billion litres of ethanol, using 120 million bushels of corn, an average of 187 million litres of ethanol per year. The plant turns out a full range of ethanol products, including fuel, industrial and beverage alcohol.
The company currently produces fuel in Chatham and at plants in Tiverton, Ontario and Varennes, Quebec; two more plants are under construction in Hensall and Johnstown, Ontario, and will be operational in 2008. The company expects to produce more than 700 million litres per year once all five plants are operational.