SHEFFIELD, Iowa – A group of government officials from Binzhou, a city in the Shandong province of China, visited Northern Iowa last week to learn about ethanol production. Their visit included a tour of Golden Grain Energy in Mason City, time at Sukup Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield, and a tour of a farm near Dougherty, Iowa. The group also posed for a photo with Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg who were at Sukup Manufacturing on December 13 for a meeting of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.
China plans to include 10% ethanol in all fuel sold nationwide by the year 2020.
“We have tremendous resources and knowledge of ethanol production in North Iowa, which the Chinese delegation acknowledges and hopes to gain from,” said Sukup Manufacturing CFO Steve Sukup. “China will have a major demand for ethanol in the near future, and we hope their visit was productive and will help them understand how to meet that demand.”
The visit concluded with a formal signing ceremony at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates for a Memorandum of Understanding, which Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig attended to witness and provide remarks.
About Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The company employs more than 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.
Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as more than 80 foreign countries.