GRAPEVINE, Texas — Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) praises Golden Grain Energy as they reached a major milestone — the creation of one billion gallons of ethanol. The Mason City, Iowa, facility began production approximately 10 years ago and is celebrating the accomplishment with a press conference today. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen was on hand at the company's groundbreaking ceremony in 2003. "In late 2003, amidst a beautifully autumnal windswept day with trains rolling by the site, everyone present could feel the excitement and anticipation as the shovels hit the dirt. Everyone could envision the rural economic engine this plant would soon become. Still, the industry was just beginning to visualize a bigger, brighter future, and nobody could have dreamed about one billion gallons being produced from this facility, much less a time when the industry would be producing 14 billion gallons annually. Today, that dream has become a reality due to the hard work and resilience of the entire staff at Golden Grain Energy and an industry that followed their lead," stated Dinneen today. "It has been a privilege to watch the company grow and thrive and I can't wait to see where they will take it from here." Jim Boeding, board member at Golden Grain Energy stated, ""The one billion gallon mark is certainly a reason for celebration and we are proud of each and every gallon of high-quality ethanol we produce. The benefits have rippled through the community benefitting farmers and local business owners alike. None of this could have been possible without the support of the local community and the hard-working staff of Golden Grain Energy."" Golden Grain Energy has a nameplate capacity of 115 million gallons per year and is a long time member of the Renewable Fuels Association.