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Published April 04, 2013, 05:37 PM

Grafton ethanol plant to be demolished

An ethanol plant shut down five years ago in Grafton is being dismantled.

An ethanol plant shut down five years ago in Grafton is being dismantled.

The Alchem Ltd. plant first opened in 1985 to make ethanol from corn. It closed in 2007 and was later sold at auction. An Iowa-based energy investment group planned to buy the plant a year ago and use it to turn sugar beets into the alternative fuel, but the project never got off the ground. Grafton leaders say the community was hoping the plant would become operational again and restore the 30 jobs that were lost.

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