MAUMEE, OHIO, U.S. — The Andersons, Inc. announced on Dec. 21 it will expand the ethanol facility owned by The Andersons Albion Ethanol LLC, Albion, Michigan, U.S., doubling the plant’s capacity.

"The supply and demand situation in Michigan relative to corn and ethanol is very favorable," said Pat Bowe, chief executive officer (CEO). "Advancements in farm practices and technology continue to increase the size of Michigan's corn crop and enhance its quality. This added production capacity enables more ethanol to be produced and used in the state.

"This dynamic," Bowe said, "combined with the highly efficient operations at the Albion facility, makes it a compelling investment for expansion."

The facility, built by ICM, Inc. of Colwich, Kansas, U.S., in 2006, was engineered for future expansion. ICM, Inc. is contracted to oversee the expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in April 2017. Approximately 10 new full-time production positions will be added when the new capacity becomes operational.

Managed and operated by The Andersons, The Andersons Albion Ethanol LLC is co-owned by Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Findlay, Ohio, U.S.