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Grain Processing Corporation shows progress on projects to reduce emissions

MUSCATINE, IOWA – Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) hosted today several community leaders from across the state to update them on their progress over the last year to reduce emissions.

Last year, the company broke ground on a $100 million environmental sustainability project, encompassing the building of a state-of-the-art grain dryer house. As a part of this project, the company is planning to upgrade the environmental control systems for its boilers.

“GPC has an ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our community. These projects have been a part of our ongoing efforts to reduce emissions and modernize our plant,” said Mick Durham, GPC director of environmental services.

With visible construction progress, the $100 million environmental sustainability project is on schedule to be fully operational by 2015. The new dryer house alone will enable GPC to reduce total emissions by 72 percent in less than three years and by 82 percent by 2020.

GPC has also built a 16-foot containment wall to minimize the impact of construction activities, such as noise and debris. The company’s sustainability measures in the last decade have reduced energy use by 18 percent, water use by 20 percent, and carbon dioxide emissions by 5 percent.

“For some time now, GPC has also been working on many other projects to reduce emissions significantly below the legal limits within the timeline outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency. We will continue to take the right steps to protect the well-being of our community,” said John Thorpe, GPC president.

This project is a part of GPC’s larger objective to deliver sustainable economic contributions to the Muscatine community and throughout Iowa. Each year, GPC purchases more than $400 million of corn produced by Iowa farmers. GPC’s products include food and pharmaceutical grade alcohol, starches, corn oil and maltodextrins for functional food ingredients, and ingredients for livestock and pet foods.

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