Reynolds stated that she has been trying to get up to the area for a while to take a tour of the LSCP and to talk about the importance of the Ethanol Industry. "Governor Branstad was able to schedule a visit here (Governor Branstad toured LSCP in March) before I was able to get up here, so we've been working on this for quite a while and I look forward to touring the plant," said Reynolds prior to the tour.
"The Governor and I go to all 99 counties every year, so this is a great opportunity for us to be out in the state to really sit down and visit with businesses and talk about what's impacting them and to find out what's working, what's getting in the way, and how we can be supportive in sustaining the Ethanol industry," said Reynolds.
The LSCP tour lasted about 45 minutes. Reynolds got to see first-hand the field to fuel process of Ethanol being made.
After the tour the Lt. Governor commented on what she'd just seen.
"Very impressive. I learned a lot along the way," Reynolds commented. "I was really impressed with the expansion that was put in place here, the amount of truck traffic that comes in and out. the train, spur and the rail going in and out of the facility here. I mean you just don't stop and think about the activity. I've seen farmers pulling in trucks of corn, I seen DDG being loaded and ready to take out. So very, very impressive," she commented.
"You know it one of the benefits of the Ethanol plants like the Little Sioux, that this is happening in rural Iowa and that's so near and dear to my heart," added Reynolds.
"So a facility like this is in Northwest Iowa, rural Iowa, I love that. I was talking to Steve (LSCP General Manager Steve Roe) about how many bushels of corn that go throughout the facility and he said that all their corn comes in from a 25 mile radius out to about 40 miles was the maxim. So I love that too," continued Reynolds.
Reynolds also added, "Its a wonderful industry and there are 41 refineries in Iowa and over 10,000 jobs that annually goes into the renewable fuel industry and that has a tremendous impact on the State of Iowa and the Little Sioux Corn Processors is a great example of a successes story."
LSCP began at the end of 2001, and the plant began producing Ethanol in April of 2003.
The plant now employs 45 people, and sells 90 percent of its Ethanol locally.