October 16, 2020 | Inside Indiana Business

POET Converts Indiana Biorefinery to Sanitizer

Renovated facility will be operational in early 2021

Photo: POET

A biorefinery in Madison County is about to undergo a $25 million renovation as the facility converts from the production of ethanol to industrial alcohol used in the fight against COVID-19.

South Dakota-based POET broke ground Thursday on what the biofuels company calls a significant expansion of its plant in Alexandria, reports Inside Indiana Business.

The company announced plans in August to scale up production of purified alcohol, a key component of hand sanitizer and other cleaners.

The company expects the renovated facility to be operational in early 2021. POET says it will hire six additional people for the plant.

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