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Barley Malt Production Planned for Sunoco Ethanol Plant

Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Plant

FULTON – Sunoco, in Volney, will receive $700,000 in state funding awarded through Round Five of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative, to renovate a portion of its facility for the production of barley malt, a component of the beer making process.

Construction on the barley malting facility is expected to begin in February.

Full production should be achieved by 2017 and will be able to produce as much as 2,000 tons of high-grade brewer’s malt each year, making it the largest malting facility in the eastern United States.

In 2012, the state approved the farm brewery law, providing tax and fee cuts and eased regulations for brewers who use ingredients grown or produced in New York State.

To maintain these benefits, brewers will be required to use 60 percent NYS grown or produced ingredients by 2018 and 90 percent by 2024.

The project will support NYS farmers and the growing NYS Craft Brewing industry.

“New York’s current malting capacity is unable to meet the growing demand of New York farm and craft brewers,” it stated in a recent news release from Sunoco. “It’s anticipated that the new malting facility will purchase malting barley grown on about 3,000 acres in New York. The malt produced will help fulfill the demand from New York State’s rapidly expanding roster of farm and craft breweries.”

The total investment of $9.2 million will create eight jobs and help to diversify the production at the ethanol plant. Financial assistance for the expansion is also being provided by the County of Oswego IDA.