More Iowa ethanol headed to prison hand sanitizer production


JOHNSTON, Iowa- Two more shipments of ethanol will be used by Iowa Prison Industries, to continue the production of hand sanitizer. Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy and Lakeview Plymouth Energy donated this week, following previous donations by Absolute Energy and Western Iowa Energy. The hand sanitizer is being distributed for free by the state for priority use.

“Even in the face of horrible plant economics, it’s gratifying to see how Iowa biofuel producers continue to step up to help our state in the midst of this pandemic,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “In a time when fuel demand is down and biofuel producers are hurting, we applaud Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, Lakeview Plymouth Energy, and other biofuel companies who are still working hard to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 by aiding in the critical production of hand sanitizer.”

Governor Kim Reynolds launched the program to use ethanol and glycerin, a co-product of biodiesel, production to help ease the shortage of hand sanitizer.

“Given Iowa’s production of ethanol and glycerin, this sounded simple, but I can assure you it has taken a lot of hard work and ingenuity,” added Shaw. “After Gov. Reynolds provided the leadership to jumpstart this program, IPI has done incredible work securing the needed components, dealing with shipping, production and safety issues. It’s been a pleasure to work with them because IPI simply refused to take ‘no’ for an answer and have successfully put out thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer with more being produced every day.”

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