Founded in 2004, Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) is North America's third largest producer of ethanol. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Green Plains has grown rapidly, primarily through acquisitions, and today has operating segments throughout the ethanol value chain.
Our operations begin upstream with our grain handling segment, continue through our approximately 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol production capacity per year, and ends downstream with our product marketing and distribution. We focus on generating stable operating margins through our diversified business segments and our risk management strategy. We believe that owning and operating assets throughout the ethanol value chain enables us to mitigate the effects of changes in commodity prices on our profitability and differentiates us from companies focused only on ethanol production.