Last Friday, on May 31, the ethanol company Elite Octane hosted a grand opening event, which celebrated the making of the company’s new ethanol plant, located just north of Atlantic.
During the open house, many prominent speakers came to talk about the benefits of ethanol, along with Iowa’s role in producing this substance. These speakers included Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig just to name a few. Nick Bowdish, President and CEO of Elite Octane, was another speaker at the event. During his presentation, Bowdish thanked those who helped the making of the ethanol plant become possible. He also mentioned a new EPA guideline that could bring good change towards ethanol producers and farmers alike. This guideline allows E15 gasoline to be sold year-round.
While the event took place, members of the Atlantic FFA chapter worked various jobs to help ensure that everything ran successfully. They delivered food to the food line, restocked the beverage bin, and carried out garbage bags. In return, they received a donation from Elite Octane.
After the open house took place, Carli Henderson, Vice President of the Atlantic FFA chapter, stated that the open house “went really well, the attendance was outstanding, and the food was incredible. The tours of the facilities were very interesting. In my opinion, it couldn’t have gone better.”