Big River Resources Joins Growth Energy as a Plant Member

The company’s three Midwestern plants increase association’s growing membership list

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Growth Energy, the leading coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, today welcomed Big River Resources, LLC and its three ethanol plants as its newest member, bringing total plant membership to 79, with another 66 associate members. The three Big River Resources plants are located in Galva, Ill., Dyersville, Iowa and Boyceville, Wisc.

“Being able to add the three Big River Resources plants to our coalition is a great accomplishment for our industry,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “This group represents a large market share across the Midwest, and is directly responsible for producing a significant quantity of ethanol. Their membership further enhances our ability to raise awareness of the benefits of ethanol as a fuel source, as well as better educates Americans on the importance of diversifying our energy basket with home-grown products.”

Big River Resources, which began producing ethanol in 2004, now has the capacity to produce approximately 400 million gallons of ethanol per year, and purchases approximately 138 million bushels of locally-grown corn. In total, the company owns four separate ethanol, feed and corn oil producing facilities across three states, employing more than 230 people and earning revenues in excess of $1 billion. The addition of the three plants greatly increases Growth Energy’s reach and visibility across a key market.

“We are enthusiastic in promoting our company’s goals of providing jobs, preserving our community and earning a good return on our capital investment, as well as our guiding predications of ‘our word is our bond’ and ‘the golden rule.’ We feel that Growth Energy is an effective means for promoting these goals while maintaining these predications,” said Big River Resources President and CEO Raymond Defenbaugh.

# # #

About Growth Energy

Growth Energy represents the producers and supporters of ethanol who feed the world and fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic well-being and create a healthier environment for all Americans now.