- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

MINA, S.D. (AP) - Glacial Lakes Energy is planning to spend $23 million on improvements to its ethanol production facilities in Mina and Watertown.

Officials hope the work will allow the company to be more competitive in national and international markets. The upgrades also are expected to result in better margins and lower costs, The American News (https://bit.ly/1OgLfkV ) reports.

About $7 million will be spent at the Mina facility to add selective milling technology and to replace the current equipment used to extract corn oil. With the changes, the plant would put out more ethanol and corn oil without having to process more corn.

“With 125,000 bushels of corn processed per day on this project, that will increase the amount of ethanol released by 2 to 5 percent,” said Glacial Lakes CEO Jim Seurer.

The company hopes to have the changes at the Mina facility online within the next six months.

Glacial Lakes also wants to spend $16 million in Watertown to add unit train capability with four rail loops each capable of holding 96 cars and to add 4.5 million gallons of ethanol storage.

The plant currently uses single rail cars to transport ethanol and distillers grain, which is a byproduct used as cattle feed. The process isn’t as efficient as unit trains and disrupts traffic. Company officials say using unit trains in Watertown would open it up to new markets, including overseas.

The upgrade to unit trains would have to be approved by the city of Watertown because it’s within city limits and would require a street closure.

The company aims to complete the work at the Watertown facility by next fall. Seurer said the move positions the company well for eventual expansion, and that it’d be locked into current production if it did nothing.

“This is all about the future,” Seurer said.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com


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