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PERRY TOWNSHIP — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will be in Lima on Monday as part of a statewide tour to sell his new economic stimulus package.Strickland is scheduled to visit the Greater Ohio Ethanol plant at 10:30 a.m. Monday where he will tour the new Hanthorn Road facility and discuss his Building Ohio Jobs plan.It’s no mistake the governor chose the plant for his Allen County stop. Ethanol and other alternative energies play a big part in his plan, said GO Ethanol President Greg Kruger.“We’re honored to have the governor here and we’re happy to see renewable energy included in his plan,” Kruger said. “Renewable energy plays a big role in Ohio’s future and GO Ethanol is doing its part.”The visit comes just one week before the plant is scheduled to launch. “As long as we don’t have any major hiccups in the next few days, we’re shooting for the first couple days of April,” Kruger said. “We have 54 operating units and 70,000 feet of pipe and they all have to be synchronized.”The 160-person crew has been working seven days a week to get the plant up. It is currently running as it would if it were producing ethanol, but the test runs are done with water, which explains the steam that passers-by on Interstate 75 see coming from the plant.Strickland’s first announced his $1.7 billion Building Ohio Jobs plan during his State of the State address earlier this year. The plan includes selling bonds to fund investment in infrastructure and new technologies to help stimulate the state’s economy. This will mark Strickland’s third visit to the region in 2008. He stopped by Leipsic and Lima in January and returned in February to tour flood-damage in Ottawa and Findlay.Strickland’s wife, Francis, is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hardin County YMCA in Kenton. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com 



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