The more things change, the more our will to succeed stays the same
Over two years in the making, August 2007 sees the opening of our first ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Annual capacity tops 330 million gallons as plants in Superior, Iowa; Bluffton, Indiana; and Obion, Tennessee, go online in 2008. Starting a trend that would help fuel consistent growth, Green Plains merges with Great Lakes Cooperative and VBC LLC.
In 2010, Green Plains adds 160 million gallons of production capacity with the acquisition of the Lakota, Iowa, and Riga, Michigan, plants. We also acquire five grain elevators in Tennessee.
2011 sees the purchase of the remaining interest in BlendStar, a biofuels terminal operator and predecessor of Green Plains Partners. Additional grain elevators in Nebraska and Missouri are acquired, along with an ethanol plant in Otter Tail, Minnesota.
In December 2012, Green Plains completes construction of a unit train terminal in Birmingham, Alabama. The terminal provides more efficient, cost-effective ethanol distribution to underserved markets in southeastern United States. The BlendStar-operated terminal can handle 300 million gallons of ethanol annually.
With the addition of plants in Atkinson and Wood River, Nebraska, and Fairmont, Minnesota, in November 2013, total ethanol production capacity climbs to 970 million gallons per year.