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UWGP Ethanol Plant Turn 10 Years Old
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/20/2015

The Friesland-based United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC ethanol plant is celebrating 10 years of business this month. The facility produces about 57 million gallons of ethanol each year, along with 170,000 tons of high protein livestock feed and two million gallons of corn oil.

UWGP Board Chair Carl Benck says the ethanol industry's direct and indirect economic impact on the state and local economy is over $400 million per year.

"We started with a handful of farmers and small investors who had a vision, but not much background in what it would take to create and operate a biorefinery," Benck said. "And with entrepreneurial spirit, prudent decisions, and a little luck, we were able to not only get a plant built, but to see it operate successfully all these years."

The UWGP plant alone represents about 10 percent of the total economic impact of Wisconsin's ethanol industry, said Barb Bontrager, who serves as general manager of the plant.

The company utilizes nearly 20 million bushels of corn from local corn growers.

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