Corn processing firm Didion Milling recently started production of USP grade industrial alcohol at its Cambria, WI after completing a $100 million project to expand the site’s capabilities, the company announced in a recent release.
“We have developed a strong and loyal customer base for nearly 50 years by being a quality supplier of food-grade products from our corn mill and fuel-grade ethanol,” Didion Milling President Riley Didion said in a statement. “Now, we have expanded into the industrial alcohol market and are able to provide various high-quality industrial alcohols. We are excited to introduce our USP grade alcohol this fall.”
The project was initiated in response to increased demand for industrial alcohol created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Didion noted the addition of the new capabilities comes at a time when many ethanol plants are shutting down or cutting production because quarantines are reducing demand for transportation fuels.
“We are very proud of the fact that partnerships with our producers inject $100 million into Wisconsin’s ag economy,” Didion said in the release. “On top of that, we are the largest employer in the Cambria community and are honored to provide not only a great culture, but also impactful work.”
Didion’s Cambria plant now has the capacity ti produce 50 million gal/yr of USP grade alcohol. New products made at the facility are projected to hit store shelves this fall.