COLUMBUS – In what is starting to become the norm for the City of Columbus, Prairie Catalytic held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon to dedicate the construction of their new Columbus location.
Prairie Catalytic is a subsidiary of Greenyug, LLC out of Santa Barbara, California. Greenyug develops green chemistry technologies, allowing the production of green specialty and commodity chemicals using inexpensive and abundant Midwestern ethanol.
The new facility will be located on the northeast side of the ADM Corn Processing facility, and Prairie Catalytic will receive ethanol and some process utilities from ADM. Prairie Catalytic will also utilize ADM shipping infrastructure to move its product, Ethyl Acetate.
Ethyl Acetate is a widely used solvent, which is present in many industrial and consumer products. Prairie Catalytic is the world’s largest producer of fully renewable and bio-based Ethyl Acetate, which is fully derived from a renewable feedstock, and uses approximately half of the energy in its production.
The ceremony was attended by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley, Chamber of Commerce President K.C. Belitz, Nebraska Senators, and representatives from Greenyug & Prairie Catalytic.
The new facility will create approximately twenty jobs in Columbus, in addition to the already 17 full-time employees that work for Prairie Catalytic.
Ethyl Acetate will be shipped from Columbus by rail to customers and distributors across the United States, Canada, and Europe.