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W’bago plant set to open later this year

Greenfield Global announces plans for hiring 40 employees

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | May 30, 2021

Corn producers in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa have been anxiously awaiting the reopening of the former Corn Plus ethanol plant ever since the facility was purchased by Greenfield Global in October of 2020.

The question of when the plant will reopen has now been answered.

“Greenfield Global will start to supply renewable ethanol into the North American gasoline market and high nutritional coproducts to the feed market in the fall of this year,” Robert Dekker, vice president of Communications and Public Relations for the company, commented. “We have signed an agreement with Central Farm Services (CFS) to supply the Winnebago plant, and they are ready to start buying corn immediately for fall delivery.”

The ethanal plant closed in September of 2019. The plant had been started in 1994 by area farmers.

Greenfield Global, founded in 1989, is Canada’s largest ethanol producer.

Dekker explains there have been many things going on during the process of getting the facility ready to resume business operations.

“We have been securing the necessary operating permits, establishing contracts with vendors and partners, and most importantly, providing a productive and safe environment for our employees,” he explained. “We are focused on hiring the right talent to join Team Greenfield.”

The Winnebago Economic Development Authority is working with Greenfield to assist the company in finding people to work at the plant.

“The city of Winnebago is hosting a Greenfield Global Job Fair on Saturday, June 12,” Winnebago EDA specialist Angie Stier said. “It will be held at the Winnebago Municipal Center.”

Dekker shares Greenfield Global is also participating in the Mankato Job Fair on June 5 in addition to the one being held in Winnebago.

“Greenfield Global is recruiting for over 40 positions at the Winnebago plant,” he explains. “Some of these include an administrative assistant, boiler operators, environmental health and safety manager, lab technicians, loadout operators, a plant engineer, plant operators. People can also visit the careers section of our website at www.greenfield.com or follow the company on Linkedin to learn more about the available job opportunities.”

Dekker says Greenfield Global is thankful for the local help they have received.

“The support from the city of Winnebago and the EDA has been a tremendous help on all fronts. They have helped us with community engagement and job fairs among many other things,” he noted. “Most importantly, they have helped us get familiar with the Winnebago region and all the assets it has to offer.

“Greenfield looks forward to being an active participant in the Winnebago community participating in local events and supporting sustainable local causes. We are excited to be part of the Winnebago community.”