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Cheese Byproduct Facility Planned for Greenwood
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/29/2010

A company that specializes in converting whey permeate into ethanol and dry yeast is building a new plant in Clark County. DuBay Biofuel announced it has been awarded a $1.9 million loan from the State Energy Program to build the processing facility in Greenwood. The city was also awarded a $170,000 Community Development Block Grant to help construct roads and set up utilities for the project.

Whey permeate is a byproduct of cheese production. Company President Alex Reyter says the same trucks that deliver milk to the local cheese plants will also haul the whey to DuBay for processing.

The company opened a smaller facility about six years ago in Stratford to test its method of turning whey into ethanol fuel and dry yeast. The new facilities in Greenwood would serve as the headquarters for the company.

Meanwhile, the project is expected to create about 30 new jobs in the area; and will produce three million pounds of dry yeast and three million gallons of ethanol a year.

Organizers hope to have the facility online by the end of next year.

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