THOMSON, Ill. — Carroll County Ethanol, LLC, recently announced the completion of engineering agreements for a 100-million gallon per year ethanol plant to be constructed between Savanna, Ill., and Thomson.

Contracts were signed last week with Lurgi PSI, a U.S. subsidiary of Lurgi AG, a German engineering firm and lead contractor, and Seattle-based management consulting and engineering firm R.W. Beck Inc.

Scott Sullivan, managing partner with Carroll County Ethanol, said the facility would bolster the local economy while providing a boost to the nation’s mission to grow alternative fuel source options.

“We are very excited about the possibilities presented by teaming with Lurgi, an outstanding strategic partner, to help build a state-of-the-art facility,” Sullivan said. “Not only are we helping the U.S. find an overdue solution to our dependence to foreign oil, but we’re also creating long-term, highly skilled jobs for this area, which has been identified as a ‘Team Illinois Community.’”

“Team Illinois” is a state-sponsored initiative by the Department of Human Services to identify areas that need to stimulate their local economies and create jobs. Sullivan said Gov. Rod Blagojevich has worked hard to start and keep the Team Illinois initiative going and that it has been “a very good thing for the Thomson and Savanna area.”

Dave Keiser, executive director of the Carroll County Economic Development Corp., said the new ethanol plant will greatly benefit the local economy.

“The CCEDC fully supports Carroll County Ethanol LLC in constructing an ethanol plant,” Keiser said. “Anything that creates jobs and improves the economy in the region, we see as a good thing.”

Carroll County Ethanol, of Savanna, is the company building the project, which will be located on the Bio Energy Renewable Resource Complex, just north of Thomson. More information about the complex is available online at www.berrc.org.

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