Plans Move Ahead for $200 Million SeMo Ethanol Plant

NOVEMBER 22, 2006 - Posted at 4:22 p.m. CST

SCOTT CITY, MO - Construction is expected to begin early next year on a $200 million ethanol plant in southeast Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources must still give the final go-ahead but has been satisfied so far with plans for the Ethanex at SEMO Port ethanol plant at Scott City, just south of Cape Girardeau.

President and CEO Al Knapp says the company plans to start hiring in early 2008, with production to begin later that year.  The plant is expected to create 90 to 100 jobs.

In addition to fuel, the plant is expected to create food products such as cereals, fish batter and breading.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)