Indiana ethanol plant restarts after 2012 shutdown

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) — An energy company has resumed production at an Indiana ethanol plant along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.

Officials of Valero Renewable Fuels say the plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon has about 65 employees as it restarts following its 2012 closure during a decline in the ethanol market.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports local and state officials joined in an event this week marking the restart of the plant about 20 miles west of Evansville.

Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper says Valero’s investment in the plant will have an economic impact throughout the region.

San Antonio-based Valero bought the plant in March from Pekin, Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy.

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