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Published October 23, 2009, 02:44 PM

Special open house showcases Hankinson's ethanol plant

Hankinson, ND (WDAY TV) - The town of Hankinson, North Dakota doubled in size for a special open house showcasing the recently sold ethanol plant. Tonight we are hearing for the first time from the company Murphy Oil that bought the plant for 107 million dollars.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Hankinson, ND (WDAY TV) - The town of Hankinson, North Dakota doubled in size for a special open house showcasing the recently sold ethanol plant. Tonight we are hearing for the first time from the company Murphy Oil that bought the plant for 107 million dollars.

Nearly two thousand people came to Hankinson; some to see for the first time just what the plant has to offer, others to find how the recent sale will impact corn farmers.

“I heard about it on the radio so came through.”

Louis Krueger is one of many folks getting a good look around the ethanol plant in Hankinson.

“It’s another market for farmers you see and can't beat that.”

The 77-year old farms near Rothsay. He's impressed by the facility and says the re-opening means better business.

“We’ll probably get a better price for corn you know. That's number one.”

This is Murphy Oil's first ethanol plant. It produces 110 million gallons of ethanol a year, uses 39 million bushels of corn, and employs 50 people.

“Economically, it makes sense and so business venture. Hankinson in particular is a great place to be.”

The re-opening is a big step forward after series of hardships including bankruptcy. Leaders with Murphy say any doubts they had before are now dispelled.

“The workforce, quality of plant, the fact these guys were up and running in a less than a day speaks volumes.”

That happiness can be felt across plant grounds. Excited workers are all smiles as they prepare for what's yet to come.

“Full boar, run as fast as can and make as much ethanol as can.”

The plant has so far produced five million gallons of ethanol. State lawmakers say with Murphy Oil on board. The plant now has the marketing muscle and distribution is so desperately needed.

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