Aventine Announces Sugar-Based Ethanol Production in Aurora, Neb.

PEKIN, Ill.--()--Aventine Renewable Energy Inc., a leading producer, marketer and end-to-end supplier of ethanol, today announced its first railcar shipment of ethanol produced at its Aurora West facility in Aurora, Neb., using sugar-based only feedstock.

“This marks an important milestone in Aventine’s continuing story of innovation and demonstrates our leadership in the ethanol industry,” said Mark Beemer, Aventine's president and CEO.

"We are excited to have Aurora West up and running, creating local jobs, and contributing to the Nebraska economy,” he added. “By producing sustainable green energy, we’re also helping to ensure America’s domestic energy security.” The company has hired 52 employees to date, and expects to hire 18 more in the next two months, for an annualized payroll of $4.6 million.

“We have already injected $10.6 million into the local Aurora economy through expenditures on operational needs,” Beemer noted. “Aventine will be able to bring to market substantial quantities of ethanol each year in Nebraska, cementing our position as one of the premier end-to-end suppliers of ethanol in the country."

About Aventine Renewable Energy

Aventine Renewable Energy, Pekin, Ill., is a leading producer and marketer of industrial and fuel ethanol and related byproducts, bioproducts and coproducts, including corn gluten feed and meal, corn germ, condensed corn distillers solubles, dried distillers grain with solubles and wet distillers grain with solubles, corn oils and yeast.

Contacts

Pepperdine & Associates Inc.
Susan Pepperdine, Public Relations
913-262-7414
susan@pepperdinepr.com
or
Aventine Renewable Energy Inc.
Mark Beemer, President
309-347-9219
Mark.Beemer@aventinerei.com

May 28 was a banner day as Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating its first railcar shipment of ethanol produced at its Aurora West facility in Aurora, Neb., using sugar-based only feedstock. Plant Manager Chad Campbell (in front of banner) cut the ribbon. Joining him were Aventine CFO Brian Steenhard (behind word "Rail" on banner) and Aventine President and CEO Mark Beemer (standing behind the banner with one of his sons) along with other employees and family members. (Photo courtesy of Aurora News-Register)

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Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. held a ribbon cutting May 28 to celebrate its first railcar shipment of ethanol produced at it Aurora West Facility in Aurora, Neb., using sugar-based only feedstock.

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Contacts

Pepperdine & Associates Inc.
Susan Pepperdine, Public Relations
913-262-7414
susan@pepperdinepr.com
or
Aventine Renewable Energy Inc.
Mark Beemer, President
309-347-9219
Mark.Beemer@aventinerei.com