Promised alternative fuels plant in Alexandria now being sold


ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Sundrop Fuels Inc., an alternative fuel plant that promised to bring around 150 jobs to the Central Louisiana area, is being sold after six years of uncertainty. The company’s CEO, Wayne Simmons, confirmed the old Cowboy Town building and around 1,250 acres are in the process of being sold.

In November 2011, Sundrop Fuels Inc. announced a pilot plant that would be built north of Alexandria off I-49. Their website still stated, ”The company is building what will be the world’s single-largest biogasoline production facility, located near Alexandria, Louisiana.”

In a phone interview, Simmons said financing to commercialize the plant has “fallen through.” He also said the Louisiana-based project will not be funded.

In Nov. 2011, The project was announced in Alexandria with then Gov. Bobby Jindal and local leaders touting the project as a game changer.

“This is one more reason our families can stay at home here in Louisiana to pursue their dreams so maybe by next Thanksgiving those families won’t have to come in from other states to visit,” said Gov. Jindal, in a News Channel 5 interview back in Nov. 2011.

Simmons said the facility is under contract, but did not specify with who.

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