Plans for Starke Co. ethanol plant canceled

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A company says the economic turmoil has scuttled plans to build a $62 million ethanol plant in Starke County.

Fishers-based Bioenergy Development Co. had planned to build the plant near San Pierre, about 35 miles southeast of Gary.

But company president Robert Swain says his company has allowed its option on the land to expire and has withdrawn its application for a zoning change. He cites tight credit markets for the decision.

In November, Starke County officials gave Bioenergy Development a conditional permit to construct the plant, but area residents had filed suit to stop construction.

Swain says that if the economy turns around, he will again consider building in Starke County.

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