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Patriot Hosts 100 students for Renewable Energy Education Week

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014
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Annawan School Tours 002100 students from Annawan High School Ag & Science classes and Blackhawk college Ag class took an education tour of our plant for Renewable Energy Education week. Students learned how a bio refinery converts and processes raw materials intotransportation fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, and 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.  Read the Star Courier article covering Annawan High School’s  vist.

Travelers Motor Club and Association Motor Club Support E15

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014
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amcm_ethanolPRESS RELEASE:

By amcm on October 27, 2014 in Blog
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaron Anderson (405) 843-7923

“Our members have not reported any problems with E-15”

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. October 27, 2014) – Gene Hammond and Mark Muncey, co-owners of Travelers Motor Club and Association Motor Club Marketing, which serve vehicle owners in all 50 States, today announced their support for the new E-15 fuel blend (15 percent ethanol and 85 percent petroleum in motor gasoline).

Hammond, who has worked in the auto club business for 40 years said, “Not one of our over 18 million members has called us with a problem related to the new E-15 fuel or any ethanol blend. Travelers Motor Club and Association Motor Club Marketing support the use of E-15 in vehicles as a safe and affordable alternative to gasoline.”

Muncey, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the motor club business said, “We decided to research the road service data from our members. Today, four years after EPA approved E-15 and two years after AAA declared it was premature, we can say for certain that our members have not reported any problems with E-15. We support the use of E-15 in vehicles approved by EPA to use the fuel.”

“Our focus is on providing unmatched service to our motor club members, and in our eyes, real-world experience trumps a study paid for by opponents of ethanol every time. In addition to no service calls or complaints about E-15, the fact is that winter gas line freeze problems have virtually disappeared due to the increased use of ethanol. If you drive a vehicle that has been approved for the use of E-15 and want to try it, we encourage you to try it with confidence,” said Hammond.

For more information about Travelers Motor Club and Association Motor Club Marketing, visit us online at and You can also follow us on Twitter at @TravelersMC and @amcm_online.

Continuing to Build Successful Teams at Patriot

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014
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IMG_0442-001A Second Patriot Teambuilding workshop was held 11/07/14.  Those participating were yard, maintenance, and production crews, along with Dave Gerhart, Pat Ball, Audie Sturtewagen, Gene Serres, Evan Murray and Logan Van Rheenen.  The full-day seminar provided each participant an opportunity to learn and practice being part of, and forming a successful team.  IMG_0453Participants completed a Myers-Briggs indicator to learn their individual personality type and how various personalities can effectively work together.  Everyone participated in several activities one of which included a “mine field” where employees helped blindfolded teammates cross the field using clear direction and explaining how to avoid obstacles.IMG_0468

Patriot Proudly Salutes Our Veterans This Veterans’ Day – November 11, 2014

[ 0 ] November 10, 2014
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Veterans DayPatriot is proud and honored to recognize the Veterans on our team:  Jeramy Hampton, Richard Hathaway, Kristy Howell, David Huffman, Chad Imler, Dennis Nichols, Darrell Rakestraw, Gene Serres, and Nick Simms.

On Veterans Day we all will take a moment to remember the sacrifices of the brave men and women who have fought to make America the greatest nation on the earth.

Thank you for your service to our country.

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” Elmer Davis

Annawan High School Senior Job Shadows at Patriot

[ 0 ] November 6, 2014
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Josh Harrel and CAO Patty Greteman

Josh Harrel and CAO Patty Greteman

Thursday, November 6th, Annawan High School senior, Josh Harrel, spent the day at Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC as part of the Annawan High School Job Shadow program.   Josh is interested in an accounting career. Patriot administration employees Sheralee Lichthardt, Deb Enger, Deb Heavener, and Connie Clark shared with Josh some of their daily responsibilities.  Josh also observed scale personnel Jane Kipp, Kristy Howell and Kelsey Rakestraw. Commodities Mgr. Judd Hulting visited with Josh and gave him a tour of the ethanol plant. CAO Patty Greteman also discussed accounting with Josh.


[ 0 ] October 28, 2014
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Patriot Takes Second Step Toward Producing Cellulosic Ethanol

[ 0 ] October 27, 2014
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ICM-tank-at-Patriot-Renewable-Fuels-BiorefineryPatriot’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.

Buy E85 at ANNAWAN FastStop.

[ 0 ] October 27, 2014
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20141027_150805Save money.

Support our local economy and agriculture.

Reduce our dependence on foreign  oil.

Increasing Communication and Effectiveness Through Team-building Workshop

[ 0 ] October 17, 2014
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TeamHenry 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. Crossing RapidsParticipants 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.