About Us


Illinois River Energy, LLC (IRE), owned by GTL Resources USA, Inc., operates a dry mill, corn-based bio-refinery which produces fuel grade ethanol, wet and dry distiller’s grains (ddgs), and Inedible corn oil that is utilized in the production of biodiesel and the animal feed market. The plant is located in Rochelle, Illinois where it processes over 43 million bushels of corn each year. The facility annually produces over 125 million gallons of denatured fuel grade renewable ethanol, over 330,000 tons of distiller’s grains and over 28 million pounds of distillers corn oil.

IRE began production in December of 2006. In November of 2008, the plant doubled its capacity. IRE has more than 60 team members that ensure the safe and environmentally efficient operations of the plant 24/7/365.

The Plant

IRE is located on an 81 acre industrial site, southeast of Rochelle, IL at 1900 Steward Road. The facility has a positive economic impact within Rochelle and the surrounding communities. Corn is secured locally direct from farmers and through various elevators in the region.

Key features of the facility include;