WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association member company Al-Corn Clean Fuel is holding a celebration today to mark its 20th anniversary in operation. The farmer-owned ethanol production cooperative was founded in 1994 and began production at its 50-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Claremont, Minnesota, in 1996. The Al-Corn Clean Fuel ethanol plant also produces 132,000 tons of high protein livestock feed, 12 million pounds of corn oil and 70,000 tons of beverage grade carbon dioxide per year. The company recently announced plans to expand its production capacity next year to produce 120 million gallons per year. "Al-Corn Clean Fuel has been a leader within the U.S. ethanol industry and at RFA, with its CEO Randall Doyal our current chairman," said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen, who is at today's celebration. "The company has been a local economic engine, providing jobs and investment opportunities to the area. Even today, some twenty years since it began, almost all of the farmer coop members live within 20 miles of Claremont. "Al-Corn Clean Fuel really is the story of ethanol. Built at a time when the future of the ethanol industry was anything but secure, a few courageous investors intent upon establishing a vital value added market took a leap of faith. That faith has since rejuvenated the rural community and become a source of great pride as the plant contributes to America's energy, economic and environmental security. We congratulate Al-Corn Clean Fuel on its anniversary and look forward to many more."