To the editor:
I read with interest and disappointment “Panning For #2 Yellow Gold” in the October 2002 issue. The piece was timely, and the points within it should be thoughtfully discussed by any group exploring the possibility of building an ethanol plant.
However, the characterizations of Quad County Corn Processors as “not operational” and having a “failed concept” were not correct. I was disappointed that no one from Soybean Digest contacted our company while developing the article. In fact, Quad County has produced over 5 million gallons of ethanol since beginning operations in March 2002.
The crux of “Panning For #2 Yellow Gold” was that people need to do their homework. Doing your homework is wise, whether building an ethanol plant or writing an article.
Mike Jerke, General Manager
Quad County Corn Processors
Editor's Note: While the Quad County Corn Processors is, indeed, operational, it has adjusted and is now using dry corn. The wet corn process did not work as expected. However, according to Mike Jerke, general manager, the plant plans to continue to pursue the wet corn process. We'll keep you posted on their progress.
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