The ADM Corn Processors plant in Marshall, Minnesota has a couple of distinctions that set it apart from the other ethanol facilities in the state. It is the only facility in Minnesota that uses the wet-mill process to create ethanol fuel as well as products such as high fructose corn syrup and corn starch. It is also the only plant in the state owned and operated by Archer Daniels Midland, an agribusiness giant and one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers.
With a production capacity of roughly 50 million gallons of ethanol per year, ADM Corn Processors isn’t the largest or newest facility in the state, but after 35+ years of continuous operation under various owners, the plant has become an important part of Marshall’s economy. A group of students from Marshall High School recently toured the plant to learn more about ethanol fuels and how they are made.
The students were told how a homegrown fuel is helping to turn wheels throughout the upper Midwest, especially in Minnesota. Our state is not only a top-five ethanol producer, we lead all states in the number of retail stations selling the cleaner-burning fuel. Some of the ethanol choices available in Minnesota include the new 88 octane gasoline available at hundreds of stations, and E85, a high-ethanol blend favored by many owners of flex fuel vehicles as well as Indy-style open wheel racers.