Sikeston Site Selected for State's Largest Ethanol Plant

APRIL 3, 2006 - Posted at 8:14 a.m. CST

SIKESTON, MO - An ethanol plant that's planned for southeast Missouri will provide up to 65 jobs.  Construction of the $205 million plant in Sikeston is expected to start in November.

Bootheel Agri-Energy says it will buy 160 acres in an industrial park for a plant that will produce 100 million gallons a year.  Once completed, it will be the largest ethanol plant in the state and one of the largest in the country.

The plant will use about 35 million bushels of corn a year.  Company officials announced the plant in November officials announced the plant in November and had narrowed the list to three sites in Sikeston and Scott City.

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