"Only other reason I would see for any purchases would be to demo the facility and use the equipment elsewhere. "
At the last conference call someone asked a question about the usefulness of the dry milling ethanol plant equipment if you wanted to convert to wet milling. They answered that about the only equipment that could be used is the elevators.
Of course this could have been another mis-direction from the ADM Mgt.
You would still need to build out the syrup finishing processes and at current market conditions there isn't the demand to do this. Making ethanol at a wet mill is more costly than at a dry mill too so there would be no reason to buy dry mills and convert to wet mills in this current market. I believe Cargill also shut down some fructose production in recent years of course a wet mill makes much much more than just HFCS.