Senate District 26
Dave Burke
Celebrating the Grand Opening of $120M Biorefinery Expansion in Marion
September 21, 2018
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.
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