COLUMBUS—State Senator Dave Burke
(R-Marysville) this week joined state and local leaders for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the $120 million expansion of the POET Biorefining facility in Marion, Ohio.
The project is expected to double its corn-ethanol production, creating 18-21 new full-time positions.
"I remember being here when we broke ground for this project, and I cannot describe what it means to this community to see it up and running," said Burke. "Ohio's agriculture industry is a leading employer of Ohioans, and I am pleased that POET chose Marion for this expansion, creating and sustaining new jobs for the hard-working people of our region."
Increasing its production capacity by more than 80 million gallons annually, the expansion project will more than double the size of the Marion-based plant, which will begin producing approximately 150 million gallons of ethanol a year. Additionally, it is expected to add 26 million bushels of new corn demand annually for the local area.
The increase in demand for locally produced grain is expected to pump an additional $95 million into the central Ohio economy each year from increased purchases.