Aurora, NE – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has awarded $355,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to help build the road access needed for the Aventine Renewable Energy ethanol plant being built in Aurora.
The grant funding will help construct concrete turnout lanes on U.S. 34 and extend concrete paving south of the highway to Heritage Drive where the facility is located. The plant is part of the Aurora West Industrial park. The city of Aurora will provide $1.2 million in matching funds for the project.
The Aventine ethanol facility will be capable of producing 110 million gallons of ethanol and 343,000 tons of distiller grains a year. Corn will be supplied by the Aurora Cooperative, which has built a grain storage and handling facility at the Aurora West Industrial Park.
In 2007, Aventine provided 690 million gallons of ethanol to distributors and marketed the wet distillers' grains through the Aurora Cooperative.