Monday, a company called ICM, Inc. announced it had won the job of rebuilding the former Northeast Biofuels ethanol plant in Volney.
Northeast Biofuels sold the company to the giant fuels company Sunoco as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. Northeast Biofuels said that its contractor on the project delivered a faulty design (a charge the contractor has denied) that prevented the plant from working properly.Ã‚Â The company said it did not have enough money to fix the problem, and moved into bankruptcy proceedings.
ICM said in a statement that it would employ 100 to 150 contractors for the rebuild.
We asked ICM spokeswoman Monique Garcia whether the company would use a union workforce, as Northeast Biofuels had done.Ã‚Â “[T]he majority of the labor is coming from the Oswego County area, and that ICM expects to use both union and non-union labor,” she wrote in an e-mail exchange.
She said that the company expects to finish the job in July, 2010.Ã‚Â She did not have an exact start date for the rebuild work.
A look at the company’s website shows that ICM says it has been involved in dozens of ethanol plant projects, mostly in the midwest.Ã‚Â One other ICM project is in New York State, according to its map of projects.
The company’s president, Dave Vander Griend, said in the statement that ICM got its start by making existing plants more efficient. “It gives me great personal satisfaction to see ICM tackle these unique situations and provide winning solutions for our customers,” he said in the statement.