Patriot’s board approved a Project Services Agreement with ICM, Inc, to complete the engineering required for Patriot to add processes to separate the corn fiber from starch and to then ferment the corn fiber into Cellulosic Ethanol. Engineering is expected to be complete in February. Rick Vondra, VP/GM reports that the Illinois EPA may also approve the Air Permit application, which Patriot filed in August, by the end of the year. When these steps are complete the Patriot Board will decide if, and when, the FST and Gen 1.5 will be added.
It is believed that Patriot could be the fifth producer of Cellulosic Ethanol in the Midwest, and could be the fourth largest producer. Further, Patriot could be the first Renewable fuels producer to produce two “Advanced Biofuels”, (Cellulosic Ethanol, and Biodiesel, produced from corn oil which we hope to start up in early 2015). Click here to see Domestic Fuels article for more details.
Support our local economy and agriculture.
Reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Henry Ford affirmed, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Production, yard, and maintenance crews along with their managers recently participated in a team-building workshop held at the Best Western in Annawan. Each crew member along with Vince, Evan, and Logan completed a Myers-Briggs indicator to learn his/her personality type and how various personalities can effectively work together. The day provided an opportunity to learn key elements in being part of and forming a successful team. Participants benefited through experiencing a sense of accomplishment in working as a group to complete such challenging tasks as “White Water Rapids of Change” where they came up with a plan and helped each other cross the “river” by using stepping stones, working together, and supporting one another. Other workshops are planned to give all employees opportunities to increase understanding of collective strengths and how to use these to the best effect.
We welcome Scott Henry as a new member of the Patriot team. With a BS in mechanical engineering from Auburn University, Scott will be working in process after he completes his safety training. Born in Hawthorne, California, Scott and his wife, Laura, now live in Tiskilwa, IL.
Murphy USA is now offering more cost effective fuel options to QC drivers at their great Davenport store (5805 Elmore Ave).
See the pump photo below. 88 Octane E15 is selling for $2.79.9 and is priced 13 cents less than 87 Octane E10.
E15 is approved by the EPA for all 2001 and newer vehicles.
Mileage on E15 is expected to be similar to E10. E85 is even less at $226.9. Thanks MURPHY for bringing consumers lower prices, for supporting our local economy, supporting agriculture, and independence from foreign oil.
Rick Vondra, Patriot’s VP/GM said “we’re excited to bring two more new employees into the Patriot team this week. We’re nearing startup of Patriot Fuels Biodiesel, LLC in the next few months and we’re gearing up for more new projects next year and. So far in 2015, 14 new employees have joined our payroll. This is a 16% net increase from January 1st and more is on the horizon”.
“We’re developing a very professional staff capable of increasing production, driving greater efficiency, and broadening and strengthening our business with these new enterprises. We’re planning that 2015 will be another year of employment growth for Patriot. As the bio fuels industry matures and expands the addition of employees with technical skills and military training is expected to continue. Our two newest members bring these backgrounds”.
Evan Murray is our new process engineer. Prior experience includes time with Pfizer in the pharmaceutical field as a Process Safety Engineer, and as a design engineer, at General Electric, in the power generation field. He holds the Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Evan was born in Zimbabwe. He and wife, Stephie, live in Port Byron, IL with their three children, Tommy, Andy and Jillian. Evan received a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas after receiving training in the KU/Great Britain exchange program. Evan enjoys photography and water skiing.
Jeramy Hampton will join the production team. He was born in Kewanee, IL. and is a graduate of Wethersfield High School followed by 4 years with Martin Engineering. He then spent the next four years (2006-2010) in the Marine Corps. He was twice deployed, 7 months in Iraq, and then to Afghanistan. Jeramy and his wife, Jennifer live in Kewanee with their two children, Lillie and Emmalyn. He is interested in hunting and keeping track of the “military stuff”. He enjoys spending time with his family. Thanks for your service Jeramy, and for joining the Patriot team.
Personnel Manager, Marsha Jackson says “We welcome Evan and Jeramy to Patriot. We’re proud of the quality of employees that have joined Patriot and we’re looking forward to even more in the coming year”.
Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC will participate in the October 9th, 2014 Midwest Energy International Symposium. Join us for the one day symposium at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. Click here for invitation.
Building & Expanding Critical Infrastructure – The Power of Vision – The Unity of Knowledge – The Strength of Community
International and national experts will speak on a variety of topics including ethanol and bidioesel markets, expanding the export opportunities from the Midwest and empowering the Quad Cities with more “green jobs” and revenue all the while by improving our environment.
Tickets are $100 and include breakfast and lunch. Click here to buy tickets online.
As one of the largest locally owned and independent ethanol producing facilities in Illinois, Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC is proud to contribute to the health of our environment and communities.
In celebration of Renewable Energy Education Week declared by Governor Quinn, Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC in Annawan, IL will be hosting local high school students wishing to learn more. Interested school administrators should RSVP with Deb Heavener at 309-935-5700 to schedule an hour long student tour at Patriot. Students will learn how a biorefinery converts and processes raw materials into transportation fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, and will hear about the latest technologies in this fast growing and exciting career field. Renewable fuels dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels and ethanol is the most affordable octane worldwide. As one of the largest locally owned and independent ethanol producing facilities in Illinois, Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC is proud to contribute to the health of our environment and communities. See the attached State of Illinois Proclamation for full details. STATE OF ILLINOIS Proclamation – Renewable Energy Education Week Oct 6-12 2014 1