March 31, 2011 / 1:08 PM / in 6 years

UPDATE 1-Cargill acquires Fort Dodge corn wet mill ethanol facility

* Facility acquired from Tate & Lyle

* Plant can produce 115 million gallons of ethanol per year

* Expects to create over 100 jobs (Follows alerts)

March 31 (Reuters) - Privately held food producer Cargill said it purchased Tate & Lyle's corn wet mill ethanol plant located in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

The plant has the capacity to grind 150,000 bushels of corn per day and produce 115 million gallons of ethanol per year.

The facility is expected to create over 100 jobs and help provide an alternative market for local producers.

The agribusiness giant said it hopes to replicate the success it has had at other bio-refinery campuses at Fort Dodge.

"When completed, Fort Dodge will be a world class bio-refinery campus that will produce ethanol and other bio-based products," said Alan Willits, president of Cargill Corn Milling North America.

Cargill's other bio-refinery complexes are located at Blair, Nebraska and Eddyville Iowa.

Shares of Tate and Lyle were up 4 percent at 581.5 pence at 1253 GMT on Thursday on the London Stock Exchange.

Reporting by Swetha Gopinath; Editing by Prem Udayabhanu swetha.gopinath@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 4135 580; Reuters Messaging: swetha.gopinath.reuters.com@reuters.net

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