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New Ethanol Firm Opens Office In Ames

New Ethanol Firm Opens Office In Ames

Flint Hills Resources, a Kansas-based company and subsidiary of Koch Industries, has bought four ethanol plants in Iowa since 2010 that were formerly owned by Hawkeye Energy. A new regional office in Ames will support those plants and add 15 to 20 jobs.

Flint Hills Resources announced March 30 the opening of a new office in Ames, Iowa that will provide up to 20 new jobs. The new regional office will house operations, human resources and purchasing departments to support four newly- acquired Flint Hills ethanol plants located in Iowa.  The Ames office opened April 1, 2011 and will focus on supporting the company's ethanol manufacturing facilities in Iowa through corn purchasing and selling ethanol and distillers grains throughout the state. "Ames is a thriving city with a diverse business community," says Bob Copher, senior vice president of Flint Hills Resources Renewables. "We are fortunate to have the opportunity to expand our Iowa operations into Ames." Flint Hills Resources, an independent subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. and a leading producer of transportation fuels in the Midwest, has acquired the four Iowa ethanol plants since 2010. The plants are in Shell Rock, Menlo, Fairbank, and Iowa Falls. These plants were formerly owned and operated by Hawkeye Renewables and Hawkeye Energy.

Flint Hills is a leader in fuel refining, ethanol, energy, chemicals

In addition to owning and operating these four ethanol plants, Flint Hills has a significant presence in Iowa. The company distributes refined fuels throughout the state and owns a fuel terminal in Bettendorf. It also operates asphalt plants in Algona, Davenport and Dubuque. "We are pleased that Flint Hills Resources has selected Ames for its office operation," says Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Economic Development Commission. "Flint Hills is a global leader in a number of industries, and we look forward to its continued growth here in the Ames community." Flint Hills Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, is a leading refining and chemicals company. It markets products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, olefins, polymers and intermediate chemicals as well as base oils and asphalt. The company, based in Wichita, Kan., has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $5.3 billion since 2002. With about 3,600 employees, Flint Hills Resources strives to create value for customers and society. For more information about this company, go to

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