POET Biorefining- Cloverdale, located near Cloverdale, Indiana is hosting a Grand Opening on March 15th. This is POET’s 27th ethanol plant and they purchased the 90 million gallon-per-year ethanol plant in 2010 and over the past several months have invested nearly $30 million dollars in upgrades that include BPX, a patented fermentation process that uses enzymes instead of heat, reducing energy costs. The plant also has a water recovery system and new pollution control equipment. Once the plant is online, it will employ 40 people and bring the state’s total ethanol production over their goal of 1 billion gallons.
The Grand Opening begins at 9:30 am with public tours followed by a speaking program at 11:30 am to noon that includes POET CEO Jeff Broin and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman along with Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. At noon, lunch will be provided followed by additional public tours at 12:30 p.m. The event concludes at 2:30 pm. Media and the public are welcome to attend.
There is NO parking at the plant. Public parking is available at Martin Aggregates at 6252 US Hwy 231 South, Cloverdale, Ind. Buses will run continuously to and from the plant throughout the day.