Minnesota plant goes ethanol production to hand sanitizer

While some ethanol plants in regulatory limbo, others are able to successfully produce hand sanitizer.

As ethanol usage is down due to fewer people on the road and hand sanitizer in greater demand because of COVID-19, it only made sense for ethanol plants to sell their product for additional sanitizers. Which is why the AL-Corn ethanol plant in Claremont, Minnesota has decided to make that production change.

“We are choosing a spot in our production line where we’ve got the highest purity, and we’ve got that piped separately to separate tanks and separate load out and everything,” CEO Randy Doyal said.

While numerous ethanol plants across the country shutdown or reduce their production, AL-Corn kept running and buying corn, but producing ethanol at a lower rate.