Funding Secured for New Facility to Produce Biofuels
by Leah Beth Ward (YakimaHerald.com) The parent company of the AB Foods-Washington Beef processing plant in Toppenish has won $2 million in grants and loans to create a biofuels company that will transform waste into diesel.
AB Bioenergy will use the money to build a biofuels facility later this year in a yet-to-be determined Central Washington location. After it ramps up in the spring of 2011, the plant is expected to create 16 new jobs.
…Company spokesman Rick Stott said AB Bioenergy will convert tallow — which is solid, rendered beef fat — and waste grease to biodiesel using feedstock from the Toppenish plant and by securing agreements with local livestock processors throughout Washington and Idaho.
…The money comes from $200 million in federal Recovery Act funds administered by the state Department of Commerce. READ MORE