Ohio Biodiesel Plant Moves Forward

John Davis

agro biofuels1A new biodiesel plant in Ohio is moving forward. This article from the Dayton Daily News says the planning commission in Carlisle approved zoning changes for Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy Inc. to build the refinery.

Gerry Smith, of Miller Valentine Group, said the more than $10 million project includes building the 6,800-square-foot plant on 10 acres near the end of Business Parkway. He said it will be the first facility of its kind in Ohio and at full capacity, it would be able to produce about 15 million gallons of biofuel a year…

He said Miller Valentine Group will design and build the facility.

“The property purchase is pending regulatory reviews, but the goal is to open by next summer,” Smith said. “I think it’s going to be a great project.”

Village Manager Sherry Callahan told this news outlet that the Carlisle Business Park’s proximity to the Norfolk Southern rail line was an important factor that attracted Agro to that site in the village.

Callahan said the project’s re-zoning will be considered by Carlisle Village Council at an upcoming meeting. She said the bioenergy production plant will create 25 to 30 new jobs and a $1.5 million payroll.

Agro Biofuels and BioEnergy is a joint venture between Sim Agro Inc. and JatroDiesel along with other individual investors.