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Patriot eyeing Ky. for bioenergy plant

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CORBIN, Ky. -- A bioenergy company has been scouting out locations and buildings in a Corbin business park as it looks for a site to build a plant processing sugar beets into fuel.

The Times-Tribune reports that Patriot Bioenergy Corporation is eyeing a location at the Southeast Kentucky Regional Business Park in Corbin. Patriot already has more than 20 acres of energy beets growing in Whitley County.

Patriot CEO Roger Ford said that is because the original site near Willamsburg doesn't have the infrastructure and highway access they were looking for.

Ford said Corbin and Whitley County officials have been notified about Patriot's hopes to develop what the company calls its "Integrated Energy Park."

The deal is still contingent upon the required infrastructure and suitable state incentives.