SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Poet said it has restarted production at its ethanol plant in Macon, Mo., and has added corn oil production to its product mix.
The 45 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant suspended operations in February, primarily due to a lack of available corn from last year's drought.
The Sioux Falls-based company during the downtime made about $14 million in upgrades, including adding a more efficient evaporator, a new administration building and scale house and a new control system.
Work continues on installation of BPX technology, a no-cook process that reduces heat and energy use.
Poet chief executive Jeff Lautt says the upgrades will position the plant well for the future.