Georgia’s first ethanol plant broke ground this week in Mitchell County.
First United Ethanol, LLC – or FUEL, as it is better known – has been in the works for almost two years, according to chairman Murray Campbell, who says they will import corn from the midwest to produce ethanol initially.
“Even though our facility in the corn belt, we have a viable plan to meet our supply needs to operate a 100 million gallon facility by bringing in corn on rail shipment, and hopefully over time to encourage local production.”
Campbell thinks that within 5-7 years they will be able to supply the plant locally, “which will be a huge benefit to our row crop farmers in southwest Georgia.”
The company hopes to have the plant on-line by Spring of 2008.
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss attended the groundbreaking Wednesday along with hundreds of other dignitaries and well-wishers.