West central Ohio group joins the race to start ethanol plant


GREENVILLE, Ohio – Another Ohio ethanol coalition has officially organized to pursue developing an ethanol production facility in the Buckeye State.

West Central Ohio Ethanol LLC organized March 20 after more than a year of research.

Who’s who. Directors include: Gene Tapalman and Randy Cole, Preble County; David Brate, Butler county; Kent Thompson and Doug Wills, Darke County; Paul Broering, Mercer County; Randy Mott, Miami County; Chris Helsinger, Montgomery County; and Dale Schwieterman, Shelby County.

Wet milling operation. The company’s goal is to continue developing plans to build an ethanol plant and corn processing plant in the west central Ohio area.

According to a news release, plans call for processing 120,000 bushels of corn per day and producing 109 million gallons of ethanol per year.

The plant will also produce compressed carbon dioxide gas.

After registering with the Securities Exchange Commission, the company will make an initial public offering, using those first proceeds to purchase a site and fund a portion of the construction of the wet milling ethanol plant.


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