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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”.

Annawan Co-op Students Get an Early Start At Patriot

[ 0 ] July 8, 2014
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Hailey Bos

Hailey Bos

Jalen Davis

Jalen Davis

Logan DeMay

Logan DeMay

 

 

We are proud of our fall co-op students who are already hard at work this summer. Patriot welcomes Hailey Bos, Jalen Davis and Logan DeMay , seniors at Annawan High School this fall. They are enrolled in the fall co-op program combining classroom education and working at Patriot, and are getting an early start. Hailey is working at the scale and in the office. She likes to read, go shopping and spend time with friends. Jalen and Logan work on the grounds and help the yard crew. Jalen enjoys all sports while Logan enjoys fishing and trap shooting.  Patriot is proud to be a part of the community and provide educational opportunities for its young people.

Steam Turbine Generator in Operation

[ 0 ] June 30, 2014
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20140629_154218It takes a team to commission Patriot’s new 2.5 mega watt Steam Turbine Generator.  Shown are Rick Vondra, VP/GMJ, Pat Ball Production Supervisor, Dave Gerhart, Plant Mgr, Logan VanRheenan, Production Engr, Brent Stevens, Dresser Rand Steam Turbines, Burlington, IA, Mark from M&W Contractors.   Startup team not shown include Bob Schultz, Ewing Controls, David Alley, Anna Inc. (Hyundai Ideal Generators) and Ron Hopkins, Corn Belt Energy.  They were all here Sunday to get it going.  This equipment will save Patriot nearly $120,000 per month in electric expenses.

Marine Surprises Dad, Patriot’s Richard Hathaway

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014
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Richard Hathaway gives his son, Kyle, a homecoming hug.

Richard Hathaway gives his son, Kyle, a homecoming hug.

 

Kyle and Richard Hathaway

Kyle and Richard Hathaway

When Richard Hathaway was called to Patriot’s office Thursday, he had no idea he was about to be surprised by his son, Kyle, who had just returned from 1 ½ years of service in Jordan. Kyle who joined the Marines after graduating from Annawan High School is now stationed at Camp Pendleton. Patriot thanks you for your service, Kyle! We are also proud of and thank your dad for his years of service in the Marines.

 

Domestic Fuels Recognizes Patriot As An Innovation Leader

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014
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The following article was posted on Domestic Fuel on June 13, 2014.

Last week Patriot Renewable Fuels announced the news that the biofuels plant is making plans, and hopes to add, ICM’s Fiber Separation Technology as well as their Generation 1.5 cellulosic technology to their biorefinery facility located Annawan, Illinois. Patriot is one of the first ethanol plants in the country to adopt both technologies together. During 2014 FEW this week GenePatriot Renewable Fuels Gene GriffithGriffith, co-founder and president of Patriot updated DomesticFuel on the project. It should be noted that this is just one of several major value-added projects Patriot has announced in less than a year making them one of, if not the most innovative ethanol plant/biorefinery in the U.S.

Griffith said they are pretty excited about the projects and after spending several months doing due-diligence on ICM’s technologies as well as other technologies, they felt that this was the right time to begin the project.

“If we get it implemented, we’ll be one of the earlier, maybe one of the earliest independent ethanol producers to this form of cellulosic ethanol, and we’re really excited about it,” said Griffith.

Griffith said being at FEW is a great networking opportunity because the the people Patriot works with are entrenched and have a lost of useful information and they are able to learn information they wouldn’t be able to generate on their own.

Last December, Patriot added another ICM platform, Select Milling Technology, and the Fiber Separation Technology builds upon this platform. “The Select Milling Technology is a separate mill that further processes the starch in the corn kernel as its ground before it goes into the fermentation process, explained Griffith. “The platforms we’re adding will be the Fiber Separation Technology which separates the fiber from the starch. Essentially, by removing the fiber from the starch, it improves our ethanol production efficiency so we get more ethanol from the corn,” explained Griffith.

Then he noted that they are able to take the fiber and do two-three things with it. One, they could add it back to the distiller’s grain (DDGs) and sell it has a high fiber form of distillers grain protein. Two, they could keep the fiber separate and sell a higher protein feed for a premium that is better for monogastric animals (such as pigs). The third option, which is what Patriot would like to do, is to ferment the fiber for additional ethanol.

DSC_3548Presently Patriot is producing around 130 million gallons of ethanol per year and Griffith thinks they can produce another 10-12 percent ethanol production from the same kernel of corn. Griffith hopes that they can have all their permits by the end of the year and implement the two new technologies by 2015.

Griffith said many producers are doing similar things with different company’s technologies but they spent a lot of time with him learning about the technologies they implemented. He also said other producers will be watching their progress to help them decide if and when the technologies might be a good addition to their plants.

Click here to view the original article:   http://domesticfuel.com/2014/06/13/patriot-renewable-fuels-is-an-innovation-leader/

See Exciting New Technology Installed and Filmed at Patriot

[ 0 ] June 25, 2014
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See ICM’s video on Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™) installed at Patriot in Dec. SMT™ helps increase capacity, and efficiency.  It may also serve as the platform for Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™) and Gen 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol. Engineering for Patriot’s installation of these processes is underway at ICM.  Depending on permitting, these processes will be considered by Patriot’s board later this year.

Cyclone Racing Team Finishes in Top Twenty at Formula SAE Lincoln

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014
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Greg Bott takes the 2014 Formula SAE racer out for another test run across a campus parking lot. This year's racer sports the colors of its primary sponsor, Patriot Renewable Fuels of Annawan, Illinois.

Greg Bott takes the 2014 Formula SAE racer out for another test run across a campus parking lot. This year’s racer sports the colors of its primary sponsor, Patriot Renewable Fuels of Annawan, Illinois.

Greg Bott, summer intern from Iowa State University and a member of the Cyclone Racing Team, reports,  “Upon completing competition and seeing the results, we placed 16th out of 80, a big improvement from last year. Fuel economy was our best placement, 4th. We were very good in the cost report section also, meaning we were relatively inexpensive but accurate with our reporting.”  Patriot is the primary sponsor of the 2014 car which runs on E85.  Read more about this exciting competition and more of Greg’s comments here : Iowa State student-engineers tune their open-wheel racer

Biodiesel Groundbreaking!

[ 0 ] June 17, 2014
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Ratliff Bros. topsoil stripping operations

Ratliff Bros. topsoil stripping operations

Patriot’s Biodiesel plant site work began Monday. Ratliff Bros Construction, Kewanee is on site with their equipment. Joe Lillion, construction manager, says, “Foundation work will begin shortly. Tanks and long lead time items have been ordered. We’re doing everything we can to be in production by the end of the year”.