Based in Hennepin, IL, Marquis Energy is strategically positioned for global distribution. Our production team uses its extensive knowledge of our facility’s design to develop industry-leading production efficiency levels. We have the benefit of worldwide market access and a production capacity exceeding 300 million gallons per year.
- PROVEN TRACKRECORD
- SCALE SIZEEFFICIENCY
Marquis Energy has improved efficiency through a culture of continuous improvement. This has been accomplished through improvement ideas generated from our staff and management team along with our ability to track efficiency through various Key Performance Indicators (KPI). We further scrutinize our KPI across other plants in the industry through an anonymous benchmarking program.
Marquis Energy’s production is at the forefront of the ethanol industry. This has been accomplished through continuous investment in technology that maximizes capacity in a safe and efficient manner. Building upon the ICM process design, Marquis implements additional systems and technologies to achieve additional throughput and improved efficiency.
Marquis Energy draws on its superior location in Hennepin, Illinois to produce and distribute its renewable fuels products across the world.
Situated in the heart of the Corn Belt, our site takes advantage of the surrounding area’s abundant corn supply as the facility’s feedstock. Marquis draws corn from eighteen counties, which produce over 600 million bushels per year.
Marquis Energy also capitalizes on geographical advantages to capture opportunities in various markets. Few renewable fuels production facilities can match the freight transportation network available to Marquis Energy. Located near numerous state and interstate highways, truck freight moves ethanol, distillers corn oil, and distillers dried grains throughout the region, while direct Class I railroad access allows us to cost-effectively reach prime markets by rail. The facility’s most significant logistical edge lies in its location on the Illinois River. Marquis Energy benefits from industry-leading marine economics to deliver to both domestic and international customers via the inland waterway system.
Proven Track Record
At Marquis Energy, we leverage our location and technology to create clean fuels with industry leading production efficiencies.
Our location provides us with the flexibility to reach multiple key markets at the lowest logistics costs. The site is located on the Illinois River, providing us with year-round low-cost barge transportation to the Gulf Coast and export markets for ethanol and distillers dried grains. We also are located on the Norfolk Southern Rail System, providing us with direct access to key East Coast fuel markets. Our facility is centrally located in North-Central Illinois, providing us with a prolific corn supply which serves as the feedstock for our clean fuels. Additionally, our proximity to two natural gas main supply lines and competitive electricity supplies solidifies the key positioning of our site.
The technology deployed in our facility allows us to capitalize on the value of the corn that we process, resulting in industry leading production volumes and yields. Our drive for continuous improvement has created several key process and technology enhancements in our facility. Additionally, we utilize technology to monitor our production processes in real-time, allowing us to make immediate decisions to maximize our yields.
Scale Size Efficiency
The Marquis Energy facility is two Fagen/ICM units that are fully independent yet dually redundant on one site in Hennepin, IL. At a combined capacity of over 300 million gallons, Marquis Energy is considered the largest dry-mill ethanol facility in the United States. The facility draws over 100 million bushels of corn from a 50-mile radius. In addition to producing over 300 million gallons of ethanol, the facility produces over 400 thousand tons of distillers dried grains and over 35 million pounds of distillers corn oil annually.
The Marquis’ found an opportunity to expand and improve an ethanol facility in Necedah, Wisconsin. In July of 2010, Marquis acquired the plant and began to make improvements. The plant is a nameplate 50 million gallon per year Fagen-ICM plant that was running below nameplate before our production team took over. Under Marquis’ management, the plant now runs at an impressive 95 million gallons per year.
Given the right logistics, Marquis hopes to expand their success to future projects.
Marquis Energy has a significant track record of shipping its renewable fuels products throughout the world. By doing so, Marquis helps contribute to the United States’ positive balance of trade with foreign nations. Process efficiencies and mechanical upgrades allow us to produce up to six grades of ethanol, including stringent low-water specifications required by international customers. Our distillers grains are in high demand around the globe because they are dried at lower temperatures, resulting in a brighter color, superior amino acid availability, and, therefore, greater absorption capability in customers’ livestock. Since production began in 2008, Marquis Energy’s ethanol and distillers grains have been distributed to over twenty-five countries across five continents.
Marquis is able to reach international destinations by taking advantage of the facility’s numerous economical freight transportation options. Direct access to a Class I railroad offers the ability to efficiently reach export terminals within the premium East Coast and Gulf Coast markets. Additionally, Marquis Energy’s location on the Illinois River provides unique access to the American inland waterway system, and, subsequently, the United States Gulf Coast’s substantial international marketplace.