August 15, 2008

VeraSun Energy Begins Operations at Hartley Ethanol Biorefinery

VeraSun Energy, a US-based ethanol producer, has 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 west of Hartley, 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.

Don Endres, VeraSun CEO, said: "We are pleased to bring our Hartley ethanol biorefinery into production. It is one of the largest and most efficient facilities in the nation and further expands VeraSun's production platform to provide additional scale to our business."