The company's Charles City, Iowa plant is expected to reach full production within 45 days, producing 110 million gallons of ethanol a year, using 39 million bushels of corn. The plant will also yield 350,000 tons of dried distillers grains for use in livestock feed.
The Charles City plant is near identical in size using the same size tanks and rail loading docks as VeraSun's plants in Fort Dodge, Iowa and Aurora, South Dakota. This is done, says the company's chairman and chief executive officer, so the company can share procedures, staff and spare parts.
VeraSun has two additional plants under construction in Hartley, Iowa and Welcome, Minnesota. When completed, annual capacity of the company will reach about 560 million gallons.