New owner of Ethanol plant, Malt House near Fulton has plans to grow the operation

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VOLNEY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Attis Industries is committing to not only maintaining operations at the biofuels facility near Fulton, but they also plan to grow it.

The Atlanta based company just finalized the sale of the plant from Sunoco a few weeks ago.

The plant general manager talked with NewsChannel 9 about what the sale means and what Attis wants to do at the facility.

“This is what they want to do,” says Plant General Manager Tim Hardy.

Attis is no stranger to the facility, Hardy says they helped engineer part of it.

Sunoco acquired the plant in 2009 from bankrupt Northeast Biofuels and it remained the only ethanol plant in the company’s portfolio until the sale a few weeks ago.

Hardy says Sunoco changed strategic direction and decided to find a buyer for the plant and adds Attis was looking to add a facility like this to their portfolio.

“The operation that’s here is going to remain here, it’s going to remain as it is and in fact, it’s going to expand even bigger.  With the agreement every employee remained, every employee remained in their current salary structure,” Hardy tells NewsChannel 9.

He says the facility will also continue using corn, and a lot of it.

“There’s been some concerns about well, they’re going to be doing things other than corn.  No, we’re going to be doing things in addition to corn,” he explains.

Hardy says they’d like to invest in a new process that uses wood waste to produce ethanol.  He says wood waste can also produce additional products as well.

“There’s lots of plans to add jobs, there are lots of plans for the opportunity and to really capitalize on the idea of renewable energy and what we’re going to do to move energy development forward in this country,” he tells NewsChannel 9.

Hardy adds the 1886 Malt House takes no back seat either in their plans.

“They like the diversity it brings to the business.  They like the fact that it’s still related to the agribusiness industry within the State, but what it does for them is it just gives you when you work in a commodities-based business like we do you have to be able to work through those ups and downs and peaks and valleys and this gives you an opportunity to do that with a whole different product line.”

Hardy says Attis plans to make this a green campus and emulate this model in other parts of the country.

New construction should start by the end of the calendar year Hardy says but any of the larger projects are likely to take three to five years to complete.

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