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Maple River Energy Biodiesel Plant under construction

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Delayne Johnson
Seeing the need for alternative energy sources, a group of 234 shareholders formed Maple River Energy, L.L.C., and purchased 28 acres from Quad County Corn Processors to build a biodiesel plant to crush soybeans and manufacture diodiesel fuel. Maple Rivery Energy's goals are to control oil feedstock, purchase soybeans from area growers, crush 3 to 5 million bushels of Iowa soybeans, producing 75,000 tons of soybean meal,

manufacture 5 million gallons of clean-burning biodiesel, yielding 5 million pounds of glycerin, and blend and sell biodiesel and feed by-products into local markets.

The purchased land is just east of the Quad County Ethanol plant, south of Galva, just off of Highway 20. The office is in the process of construction, with the grain handling plant yet to come. Delayne Johnson is on the Board of Directors, and he says fund raising for the project was completed in June of 2007. They hope to have the plant up-nd-running by the end of 2008. It is estimated that the Maple River Energy plant will have 15 employees.

Under construction - The Maple River Energy office is already standing and the plant will join it soon. Photo by Dan Whitney
Maple River Energy will be managed by Galva Holstein Ag. Galva Holstein Ag will oversee the day-to-day operations of the plant and production, as well as soybean oil and biodiesel marketing.

Maple River Energy's board includes veteran directors from a successful local ag business (Galva Holstein Ag), as well as the ethanol plant located south of Galva (Quad County Corn Processors), and other local businesses (VT Industries). These board members offer their personal expertise in production agriculture, construction, international business, and agribusiness development. These seven individuals are committed to the success of this renewable fuels project in Galva.

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