Production began at the first ethanol plant in New York State ten years ago this month. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) member company Western New York Energy (WNYE) began production at its 62-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Medina, N.Y. on Dec. 1, 2007. The ethanol plant had an initial production capacity of 50 million gallons per year and today is capable of producing 30 percent more than its original nameplate design. “The company continues to provide significant economic growth for the community and consumers, driven by the steady hand of Tim Winters and a Board of Directors resolved to maintain its tradition of excellence,” RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen said. The ethanol plant uses more than 20 million bushels of locally grown corn every year and projects to use nearly 21 million bushels of corn next year, while also producing more than 160,000 tons per year of high-quality distillers grain.