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American Coalition for Ethanol welcomes two new members

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US ethanol association the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has welcomed two new ethanol producer members: Heron Lake Bioenergy (HLBE) and Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE).

HLBE, which is located in Heron Lake, Minnesota in the US operates a 65-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant, which employs 40 full-time staff members and has around 1,200 investors.

“Over the years, I have been able to see and experience the value ACE offers first hand,” said Kenton Johnson, HLBE and ACE board member. “ACE provides the best value in the industry. The return on investment for ACE’s policy and market development work is bar none the best in the business. In a time where our industry is working with difficult margins, it is more important than ever to invest in trade organisations that keep up the fight for ethanol’s access to the market.”

SIRE’s 130-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant, in Council Bluffs, Iowa in the US employs 62 staff and has over 800 investors. The company recently hosted US President Donal Trump to celebrate the lift on the summertime ban of E15 fuel, in June 2019.

Mike Jerke, CEO of SIRE, said that “joining ACE was an initiative we wanted to accomplish this year.” He added: “ACE’s grassroots approach to public policy and market development is top notch, making the decision to join an easy one. They work with the folks who are in the trenches on environmental policy and international market development. Their proven experience and expertise in these areas only strengthened our cause for joining. We need industry champions who are willing to help place us in an offensive position, ACE is doing just that. We look forward to our continued work with this organisation.”

“ACE is proud to represent farmer and community-owned ethanol plants,” concluded Liz Bunkers, ACE director of member and industry relations. “We take great pride in being a voice for farmers and ethanol producers who are committed to making a superior renewable product that supports local agriculture and lowers greenhouse gas emissions. With the addition of Heron Lake BioEnergy and Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, ACE is growing our membership roster to represent a bigger slice of rural America.”