From Beer to Bushels … and More
For nearly 25 years – 1971 to 1994 – the Town of Volney (just outside the Fulton city limits) was home to a Miller Brewing Plant. The plant sat vacant until 2007 when it was repurposed as an ethanol production facility valued at over $200 million. In 2009, the owners filed for bankruptcy and the facility was sold for just $8.5 million to Sunoco.
Sunoco immediately invested more than $20 million to improve processes and technologies with the goal of creating one of the most technologically advanced biofuel production facilities in the United States.
On June 21, 2010, the facility returned to production and 24/7/365 operation. At full production rate, this advanced production facility is able to produce in excess of 85 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year, along with millions of pounds of dried distillers grains and carbon dioxide, not to mention nearly two million gallons of corn oil.
In 2013, the Sunoco Ethanol plant purchased more than $150 million in corn that would be used to produce 61 million gallons of ethanol and numerous by-products.
The ethanol produced by the Sunoco Fulton Ethanol plant is the Official Fuel of NASCAR®. Sunoco Ethanol can always be counted on to deliver maximum performance – it's why the best drivers in the world choose Sunoco. Sunoco is the exclusive provider of racing fuel for NASCAR’s three national series: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR Nationwide Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™.
The Sunoco Ethanol plant spans more than 90 acres and boasts one of the largest privately owned rail yards in the Northeast with more than six miles of track.
The plant is strategically located in close proximity to the Albany market. This limits the plant and its supplier dependency on rail which has incurred massive delays due to weather, track and equipment repair. The plant brings in corn by rail from as far away as Columbus, Ohio. But the goal is to maximize local and regional truck corn.
While New York State is not a major corn producer, it still produces nearly 100 million bushels per year. The Sunoco Ethanol plant processes nearly 22 million bushels per year or 20% of the total New York State crop.