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Madera Ethanol Plant Sold for $28.3 Million



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In January, Pacific Ethanol changed its name to Alto Ingredients.

Now the company founded by Fresno farmer and politician Bill Jones has sold its Madera production plant to Seaboard Energy California, LLC.

Seaboard Energy California paid $19.5 million in cash and assumed $8.8 million in Alito Ingredients’ liabilities in exchange for the plant, Alto Ingredients announced Monday morning.

The parent company, Seaboard Energy, owns and operates two biodiesel plants with a combined annual production capacity of 75 million gallons. Seaboard Energy also produces and delivers pipeline-quality renewable natural gas, and compressed natural gas.

The Madera plant is at 31470 Ave 12.

Company Sold Idaho Assets in December

It’s the company’s latest facility sale. In December of last year, then-Pacific Ethanol sold 134 acres, rail loop, and grain handling assets at its plant in Burley, Idaho for $10 million in cash. However, the company kept its ethanol plant and terminal on the remaining 25 acres and contracted for grain delivery with another firm.

“We wish Seaboard much success as they launch their repurposing of the facility,” said Alto Ingredients CEO Mike Kandris. “As previously discussed, the monetization of this asset reduces interest and idle expenses for Alto Ingredients by over $4 million dollars annually and allows us to better focus resources on driving revenue and profitable growth.”

During the first quarter of 2021, Alto Ingredients had its fourth consecutive quarter of gross profit, with a net income of $4.4 million on sales of $218.7 million.

Customers Include Food and Beverage Companies

The company is focused on products for four markets: health-home-beauty, food-beverage, essential Ingredients, and renewable fuels. The company’s customers include major food and beverage and consumer products companies.

Explaining the name change in January, Kandris said: “We have chosen our new corporate name and brand to represent our many high-quality products, which our customers incorporate into a range of vital finished goods that touch people’s everyday lives, from cleaning solutions to pharmaceuticals.”

In addition to the Idaho facility, Alto Ingredients has plants in Stockton; Boardman, Oregon; and Pekin, Illinois.

After its 2003 founding, Pacific Ethanol became a hot investment pick — even gaining a big cash infusion from Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates.

But declining demand for ethanol and higher ingredient prices rocked the company. In June 2010, Pacific Ethanol Inc.’s holding company and four wholly-owned subsidiaries exited bankruptcy.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email