Bio-Diesel Plant Coming To Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – A new value-added agricultural plant is on its way to Lee County. Tri-City Energy has announced its plan to build a bio-diesel plant and a soybean curshing facility in Keokuk. The more than $50,000,000 project will be completed in 3 phases and will create about 60 jobs. Tri-City Energy General Manager, John Rothgeb, says his group consists of 4 local investors. He says this project could be a chance for even more residents to invest in Keokuk and Southeast Iowa. Rothgeb says the project has been in the works for more than 2 years. Phase I, a 5,000,000 gallon bio-diesel plant, will be built at 410 Johnson Street. Construction is set to begin next week. The plant is scheduled to be up and running by August. The facility would produce bio-diesel, a clean buring alternative fuel, from soybean oil. The soybean crushing plant and a larger 30,000,000 gallon facility will be built along the Mississippi River in 2007.