Author Topic: New Energy in South Bend to re-open ethanol production  (Read 1392 times)

monty

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New Energy in South Bend to re-open ethanol production
« on: July 19, 2013, 04:17:14 PM »
Just learned that the New Energy ethanol plant in South Bend has new ownership (Noble Americas of CT) and plans to start -up in early 2014.
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Re: New Energy in South Bend to re-open ethanol production
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2013, 07:50:48 PM »
That is good news for railroad activity in South Bend.  Is the switcher still on site that was used before?

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Re: New Energy in South Bend to re-open ethanol production
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 05:55:19 PM »
The track by the ethanol plant that is now just a stub of the old  NJII is still clean all the way to the west of the US31/20 bypass.  You can clearly still see the end of track maintenance.  Hope to see some cars sitting on it soon!!

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Re: New Energy in South Bend to re-open ethanol production
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 07:22:28 PM »
The last revenue cars that were on this section of track were grain cars loaded with corn headed to New Energy in South Bend... they(Kings) in Burr Oak MI, switched to trucks instead of rail. Today these rails are being lifted...

Link to pictures of the section of the INER that is currently being taken up,

http://www.fwarailfan.net/community/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3305

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Re: New Energy in South Bend to re-open ethanol production
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013, 07:04:30 AM »
This plant plans to reopen May 14.  They had a job fair yesterday and are looking to hire 60 people right now.  With the downturn of ethanol I am surprised they are continuing with this but it will bring jobs back to South Bend and some rail traffic.  Plus, the residents close by will be happy to get the water table back down so they won't have flooded basements anymore. 

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Re: New Energy in South Bend to re-open ethanol production
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2013, 09:57:32 PM »
Why does the presence of the ethanol plant affect the local water tables?  I would think they would be high anyway since that area is in the formerly marshy headwaters of the Kankakee River? 

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Re: New Energy in South Bend to re-open ethanol production
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013, 08:49:12 AM »
Why does the presence of the ethanol plant affect the local water tables?  I would think they would be high anyway since that area is in the formerly marshy headwaters of the Kankakee River?

Because the plant was pumping 2 million gallons of water a day from that area.  Once they stopped the water table started to rise and push water into their basements.  And yes, that area was a marsh land and why anyone would build there is beyond me.  The city was actually paying for them to pump water through the plant to help reduce water level underground.