Hastings ethanol plant closing permanently
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A Hastings ethanol plant that announced in February that it would temporarily shut down will not reopen. The Ag Processing Inc. cooperative said Friday that it is permanently shutting down the 55-million-gallon-a-year plant, citing the plant's age and high utility costs associated with running it. Officials had cited a slowdown in the economy, high corn prices and low oil prices for the temporary shutdown. Matt Caswell, vice president of corporate relations with AGP in Omaha, said the company didn't see "any turn-around in the industry anytime soon." Most of the plant's 43 employees found jobs within AGP's other operations in Hastings. AGP also operates a soybean processing plant, vegetable oil refinery and an AminoPlus production facility in the city. APG says none of those facilities have been impacted by the ethanol plant's closure.