Biofuel Energy cuts 40 jobs at Minn. ethanol plant

Biofuel Energy cuts 40 jobs at Minnesota ethanol plant, Nebraska plant operating normally

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- Denver-based Biofuel Energy Corp. has eliminated about 40 full-time jobs at its ethanol plant in Fairmont, Minn.

The company's vice president and general counsel, Mark Zoeller, said Wednesday that an adjacent grain storage facility will continue operating with about 15 remaining employees. He says the company had about 135 employees before the cuts.

The Fairmont plant had stopped ethanol production in September amid high corn prices and lower prices for the corn-based fuel additive. At the time, the company said it wouldn't make any changes to its operations team so it could restart the plant on short notice. The company now says it expects the plant to remain idle until this year's harvest season.

Another plant near Wood River, Neb., is operating normally with full staffing.

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