Companies Exploring Joint Ethanol Operation

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Two southeast Missouri-based companies might join into a partnership to build an ethanol plant.

This despite the "termination" of a previous agreement between SEMO Milling and Ethanex Energy, Inc.

The announcement comes two days after the Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources issued an air permit to a company listed on the permit as Ethanex of SEMO.

If it comes to fruition, the facility would likely be built at the border of Cape Girardeau and Scott counties, with about 90 percent in Scott County.

The permit would allow Ethanex to build a 138.6 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant.