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South GA ethanol plant starts operation

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

October 10, 2008

MITCHELL COUNTY, GA (WALB) - A $185 million ethanol plant is now in production in Mitchell County, operators hope it will fuel a boost in south Georgia's economy.

The plant in the first one of it's kind southeast of Tennessee, with the capacity to produce 100 million gallons of ethanol per year from corn.

Plant officials say facilities like this will help reduce or dependency on foreign oil.

"We think right now we can make an equivalent of 10% of the gasoline usage in the United States. You've got it right now in southwest Georgia, just about every station in Camilla, I know it's in Thomasville, I know it's in Albany," said Murray Campbell, CEO of F.U.E.L.

Trucks loaded-down with corn are weighed before corn is unloaded through these grates.

Corn also gets here by train, its first load delivered 300,000 bushels.

More than that the ethanol, the economic impact in south Georgia could be great.

"The people that sell fuel to trucking companies, the people that sell tires, all the different things that go into supporting a business like this," said Campbell.

About 55 people are going to be employed on site as the company moves forward with operations.

The plant expects to ship out the first gallons of ethanol within the next ten days.

The product of ethanol production is corn mash, it'll be processed into valuable feed for livestock and poultry.

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