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Exciting News! Be Among the First to Deliver Corn and Win!

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014
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DSC_3559Exciting News!! Again this year, the first 5 producers to deliver 2014 corn to Patriot will receive $50 gift certificates.

Harvest is near and we wish every producer a Safe Harvest and Record Yields!!

Photos of these first five producers will be added to Patriot’s Website and Social Media pages.

Patriot’s New 1.5 million gallon Ethanol Storage Tank to be Built Soon

[ 0 ] September 13, 2014
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Two 1.5 million Gallons of ethanol storage capacity

 

Patriot’s board recently approved the construction of a third 1.5 million gallon ethanol storage tank.  VP/GM Rick Vondra said,  “This $2.5 million investment is needed to keep up with our growth in production which started at 100 mgpy and is presently over 125 mgpy. Contract has been awarded to Brown Tank Construction.  Brown built the original two storage tanks when the plant was built.  Excavation and foundation work will begin shortly and the tank should be finished by the end of January”.

POET-DSM Opens First Commercial Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014
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POET-DSM

Patriot congratulates Poet-DSM on the opening of the first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, IA.  Patriot VP, Patty Greteman attended the historic/dramatic ceremony and tour, along with Iowa, Federal, and International dignitaries, (including the King of the Netherlands).

Click here for complete coverage.

From left: US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; DSM Chairman and CEO Feike Sijbesma; King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands; POET founder and chairman Jeff Broin; Iowa Governor Terry Branstad; Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds; POET CEO Jeff Lautt; DSM SVP for Bio-based Products & Services Anton Robek

From left: US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; DSM Chairman and CEO Feike Sijbesma; King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands; POET founder and chairman Jeff Broin; Iowa Governor Terry Branstad; Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds; POET CEO Jeff Lautt; DSM SVP for Bio-based Products & Services Anton Robek

Congratulations to Employees Recognized for Five Years of Service with Patriot

[ 0 ] August 23, 2014
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At safety meetings held August 18 and August 21, Patriot was proud to recognize the current year’s recipients of five year service awards. Our business owes its success to our dedicated employees. Thank you from all of us for your enthusiasm and hard work!

Dustin Favri Shift Lead

Dustin Favri
Shift Lead

Tyler Spivey Process Opertor

Tyler Spivey
Process Opertor

Mark Barrett Energy Center Operator

Mark Barrett
Energy Center Operator

Matthew McConville Shipping & Receiving

Matthew McConville
Shipping & Receiving

Jesse McCauley Energy Center Operator

Jesse McCauley
Energy Center Operator

Tom Verry, National Biodiesel Board, Visits Patriot

[ 0 ] August 14, 2014
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A visit to the corn oil separation equipment where  corn oil for biodiesel is extracted.

A visit to the corn oil separation equipment where corn oil for biodiesel is extracted.

Tom Verry, Director of Outreach and Development at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Jefferson City, MO, visited Patriot Wednesday to discuss Patriot Fuels Biodiesel LLC’s plant under construction.  While at Patriot, he discussed industry status with Judd Hulting and other managers and toured Patriot Renewable Fuels.

Tom discusses industry status with Judd Hulting

Tom discusses industry status with Judd Hulting

He then visited the bio diesel plant site.  Concrete work completed includes the tank farm, and process area.  Getz Construction, Milan, IL is now working to complete the office and lab areas.  It is hard to believe the building may be erected by the end of September.  Tom said he liked Patriot’s development including the steam turbine, SMT, and the expansion with the bio diesel plant.

Tom visits the biodiesel plant site

Tom visits the biodiesel plant site

He expressed appreciation for Patriot’s joining the NBB. Gene Griffith, CEO said, “Patriot is looking forward to producing two fuels from the same amount of  corn and is looking forward to working with NBB to promote the bio diesel industry.”   Patriot Fuels Biodiesel LLC is planning to be in production at the end of the year.

Patriot Receives Grassroots Award from American Coalition for Ethanol

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014
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Gene Griffith, Patriot Renewable Fuels, receives the ACE Grass Roots Award

Gene Griffith, Patriot Renewable Fuels, receives the ACE Grass Roots Award

Recipients of the annual awards presented last week by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) exemplified the organization’s new theme of “Power by People.”

Gene Griffith of Patriot Renewable Fuels received the organization’s Grassroots Award from ACE Director of Member and Industry Relations Lacy Dixon.

Gene Griffith of Patriot Renewable Fuels received the organization’s Grassroots Award from ACE Director of Member and Industry Relations Lacy Dixon

Gene Griffith of Patriot Renewable Fuels received the organization’s Grassroots Award from ACE Director of Member and Industry Relations Lacy Dixon

Griffith was recognized for the many ways Patriot has promoted ethanol to the public, including an electronic sign on the highway near the plant in Annawan, Illinois that features revolving messages about the benefits of ethanol. They also have been very active on social media with Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“Producers also have to help educate the public, as well as the industry associations,” said Griffith.

Read the article in Domestic Fuel and listen to the audio interview by clicking here.

Patriot Employees Make Us A 4 Time Winner of CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award

[ 0 ] August 6, 2014
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Patriot ships over 4,000 rail cars annually. Thanks to our excellent employees, we recently received, for the FOURTH time,  the CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award for 2013.

Deb Heavener, rail logistics, Dave Gerhart, plant manager, Rick Vondra, general manager, Chad Imler, yard lead, and yard staff Matthew McConville, Nicholas Dornfeld, Andrew Stewart and Nicholas Simms

Deb Heavener, rail logistics, Dave Gerhart, plant manager, Rick Vondra, general manager, Chad Imler, yard lead, and yard staff Matthew McConville, Nicholas Dornfeld, Andrew Stewart and Nicholas Simms

Congratulations to the yard crew for their excellent safety record.

Rene Amaro, and David Huffman, yard staff . Rick Vondra, general manager, Randy Walters, yard lead, David Gerhart, plant manager and Steven Foes, yard staff

Rene Amaro, and David Huffman, yard staff . Rick Vondra, general manager, Randy Walters, yard lead, David Gerhart, plant manager and Steven Foes, yard staff

Welcome to Our Newest Employee

[ 0 ] July 18, 2014
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Dustin Carlson

Dustin Carlson

 

After completing safety training with Vince McCabe, Dustin Carlson is completing process operator instruction. Dustin has a Bachelors of Communications from Northern Illinois University.  He recently moved back to Galva, Illinois from Nashville, Tennessee.  We are happy to have Dustin as part of the Patriot Team.

PATRIOT RECEIVES CSX CHEMICAL SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD

[ 0 ] July 10, 2014
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CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award

CSX Chemical Safety Excellence Award

“Patriot ships over 4,000 rail cars each year to east coast destinations” according to  Judd Hulting, Commodity Manager. “This marks the 4th time we have received this CSX award and is another safety record we take very seriously at our facility.  We are proud to participate in this CSX annual program and will strive for continued safety improvement programs in our local community”.