Ergon buys Bunge's interest in ethanol plant

by World Grain Staff
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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, U.S. — Ergon, Inc. announced on Jan. 2 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ergon Ethanol, Inc., acquired Bunge North America, Inc.’s interest in Ergon BioFuels, LLC located in Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S., and now owns 100% of it. 

Financial terms were not disclosed. Effective Dec. 31, 2013, Bunge-Ergon Vicksburg, LLC changed its name to Ergon BioFuels, LLC.

Ergon BioFuels, LLC, formerly Bunge-Ergon Vicksburg, began as a joint venture between Ergon Ethanol, Inc. and Bunge North America in 2007. With an annual throughput capacity of 54 million gallons, Bunge-Ergon Vicksburg, LLC was one of the largest producers of ethanol in the southeastern U.S. until operations were suspended in December 2012.

“This transaction allows us to look at alternative feedstocks, as well as how the plant may be used for products beyond traditional ethanol production,” said Don Davis, president of Ergon’s refining and marketing division. “In addition, we feel the Ergon BioFuels facility will be synergistic with nearby Ergon Refining, Inc.’s opportunities for an expanded product base.”


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