Progress Being Made on Sunnyside Plant

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County will be home to two ethanol plants in the future, BioEnergy LLC and Sunnyside Ethanol. While the former announced last month that it planned to be the first in the state, the latter is forging ahead with their plans.

Two of the Clearfield County Commissioners attended a session in Harrisburg last week to hear a presentation made to Gov. Edward G. Rendell and other officials.

“Sunnyside gave a very nice presentation on the project,” said Mark McCracken, commissioner chairman.

“We left there … with the feeling that the meeting went very positive, and we received very good feedback.”

The Sunnyside presentation was made in order to seek grant funding to build the plant on the former site of Howe’s Leather Co. in Curwensville.

“It bodes very well for the Sunnyside project in the future,” McCracken said.

Rex Read, commissioner, said the governor told those in attendance that he is familiar with the Sunnyside project.

The other proposed ethanol plant, the one to be built at a still undisclosed location in the county, is in no way connected to Sunnyside, the commissioners noted.

“The overall feeling of the meeting was extremely positive,” Read said. “I came away from it feeling good.

“Things are progressing as they have been, I think each and every every time that we’ve had an opportunity to meet with folks from Sunnyside.”

“The really good news is that we’re looking at two distinct, separate projects that will bring two ethanol refineries to two different locations in Clearfield County,” McCracken said.

“The easy bottom line on that is, that’s terrific news for Clearfield County, and it’ll be a huge boost to our economy, our jobs, and there really is no downside in that.”

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