COLUMBUS, Neb. – A Columbus corn processing plant that accounts for 20 percent of Nebraska’s ethanol production, celebrated 25 years on Wednesday.
Governor Pete Ricketts was on hand, along with state senators Paul Schumacher, Bruce Bostelman and Burke Harr, and other city and local officials, for the morning ceremony.
Ricketts was quick to complement ADM, which bought the plant from Minnesota Corn Processors in 2002, and said that the plant’s longevity shows the hard work of all Nebraskans.
“It really represents a lot of what goes on here in Nebraska. To create those opportunities all across our state,” says Ricketts.
The governor said that the plant in Columbus is the largest ethanol plant in the United States. He wrapped his speech telling the audience that he is hopeful the new administration in Washington will help out ethanol and biofuel plants in Nebraska.
Columbus mayor Jim Bulkley spoke as well and told the public how the plant went from nothing in 1992, to a company that brings in over half a million bushels of corn daily to the Columbus plant.
“This was a cornfield, who would have ever envisioned where it is today, the massive facility that’s here,” says Bulkley.
The governor and many others took a tour of the facility following the speeches.