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Business Review USA

November 06, 2011 19:47 ET

Sterling Ethanol: Energy Efficient Fuel and Distillers Grain

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 6, 2011) - Business Review USA takes a look at Sterling Ethanol LLC. "We operate more like a feed mill than an ethanol plant," says Sterling founder, board member, president and general manager Dave Kramer, "because without the ethanol plants in eastern Colorado and western Nebraska the cattle feeders couldn't be competitive in the market. We do not dry any of our feed product, so we can produce ethanol for about half the natural gas costs of other plants because most other ethanol plants have to dry it to ship. We ship everything within a 50-mile radius by truck."

Sterling and its other plants average roughly three gallons of ethanol per bushel of corn, and each plant pumps out roughly 52 million gallons of ethanol per year. It also turns over about 400,000 tons of wet distillers grain per year, while consuming approximately 18 million bushels of corn. The gross revenues between the two products are about even, with $7.5 million per week generated from sales of wet distiller's grain and $9 million per week from ethanol sales.

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About Sterling Ethanol

Sterling Ethanol was founded in 2004 by former Dekalb/Monsanto Employee, Dave Kramer, after he took notice of huge demand for wet distillers grain animal feed in eastern Colorado and Nebraska. Considering that wet distillers grain is a byproduct of corn ethanol production, Kramer decided to seek investors in the local agricultural community surrounding Sterling, Colorado, including mainly livestock feeders and corn farmers. Since the initial plant began production in 2005, the company has opened two additional subsidiary facilities in Bridgeport, Nebraska and Yuma, Colorado. Sterling also established Colorado Agri Products, a marketing division for the three plants to handle procurement of corn and marketing of wet distillers grain. In just seven short years, the company has grown to a $700 million enterprise employing a staff of 100 between its combined divisions.

About Business Review USA

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