Ethanol producer brings biodiesel to Cambridge

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 am

The Michigan-based parent company of a southwestern Nebraska ethanol plant has opened a new travel center in Cambridge, Neb., adding to the state’s short list of retail locations where consumers can purchase biodiesel blends at the pump.

Anew Travel Center sells B5, B10 and B20 biodiesel blends as well as conventional diesel fuel. It also sells regular unleaded gasoline and E15, E30 and E85 ethanol blends.

The number in each blend corresponds to the percentage of biodiesel or ethanol blended with conventional fuel.

The travel center is a first for Zeeland Farm Services Inc. of Zeeland, Mich., which owns the 44-million-gallon ethanol plant operated by Nebraska Corn Processing LLC in Cambridge.

The company purchased the plant for more than $30 million out of bankruptcy from Mid-America Agri Products in late 2009. It serves as the sole supplier of biofuel at the new travel center.

According to a list maintained by the National Biodiesel Board, there are only 14 retail locations in Nebraska that offer biodiesel, including the Sapp Bros. location at 144th Street and Interstate 80.

Biodiesel retailers nearest the Cambridge store — Nebraska’s westernmost biodiesel retailer — are in Lexington, Elm Creek and Sumner.

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