Green Plains Inc. – October 2016 Chamber Spotlight

Manufacturing and agriculture are two major industries for any community. In Valley County, Green Plains Ord LLC plays a significant role in both industries; they have been processing corn into biofuel and high quality animal feed since May 2007.

Green Plains Ord LLC, led by Plant Manager Les Glinsmann, is a subsidiary of Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Green Plains is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol, distillers grains and corn oil production; grain handling and storage; a cattle feedlot; and commodity marketing and distribution services. The company is the second largest consolidated owner of ethanol production facilities in the world, with 17 dry mill plants, producing nearly 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol at full capacity.20130308_ethanol_121

The Ord facility, located along Highway 11, processes 20 million bushels of corn annually to produce 56 million gallons of ethanol, helping to make Green Plains the largest producer of ethanol in the state of Nebraska. In addition the plant produces approximately 186,000 tons of feed annually for the livestock industry, as well as 8,000 tons of corn oil annually for the livestock and biodiesel industries.


Green Plains has grown significantly through evaluating new opportunities related to acquisitions of ethanol plants and through adjacent businesses. The company is proud to be a producer of a homegrown biofuel, like ethanol. Fuels containing ethanol provide increased horsepower in our vehicles while burning cooler. In addition, ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by helping to replace toxic chemicals found in our fuel supply by an amount equivalent to removing nearly 20 million cars from the road. Not only is ethanol safe for our vehicles and good for the environment, it helps keep fuel prices down at the pump, creates high quality jobs, and reduces our dependence on oil from hostile nations.

Sasha Forsen, Public Relations Manager for Green Plain Inc. states “Green Plains values our customer relationships and believes that it’s mutually beneficial to work directly with the local farmers of Ord and surrounding communities. In addition, the high quality feed produced from our Ord facility provides an important feed ration to local livestock feeders, with all of our feed staying right here at home.”

To learn more about Green Plains, visit their website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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