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DDGS Container Parking Expansion Planned

[ 0 ] April 18, 2014
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Parking Lot ExpansionPatriot is planning a truck parking expansion for DDGS containers to allow a faster “Drop and Hook” lot for trucking companies taking containers to Joliet for shipment to China and other Asian countries. This will add 28 spaces east of the existing parking lot and will improve traffic patterns substantially. Patriot is the preferred choice for freight companies handling DDGS containers. Specht Concrete, Annawan, IL has been awarded the job and should have the project completed by the end of May.

5 Reasons to Love the RFS

[ 0 ] April 17, 2014
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We at Patriot Love the RFS. Here are 5 reasons why you should, too!

American Ethanol 2014

[ 0 ] April 8, 2014
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The American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR has rapidly grabbed support for ethanol with millions of NASCAR fans. As Austin Dillon brings back the #3 car to the Sprint Cup along with his grandfather Richard Childress, that support will continue to grow. Take a look. Send the video to a friend and share the buzz at this time when we need the help of “Real Americans”.

Patriot Welcomes Garrett Luck

[ 0 ] March 24, 2014
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Garrett LuckGarrett Luck began employment with Patriot on Monday, March 17th .  He is working as our Maintenance Technician reporting to Gene Serres.  A 2005 graduate of LaMoille High School, Garrett has an associate degree in Electronics and Electrician Technology from Illinois Valley Community College. Garrett and his family live in rural Princeton where he enjoys hunting and fishing when he has the time.  We are proud to have Garrett as part of our Patriot team.

Patriot Sponsors Cyclone Racing Formula Car

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014
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Cyclone Racing Formula Car from a previous competition

Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Cyclone Racing team at Iowa State University.  Their mechanical engineering team has modified this year’s car engine to run on cleaner burning E85 fuel.  In addition to the clean air and renewable benefits of ethanol the team has found an increased octane value by using E85.  The increased octane allows a higher compression ratio of 13.0:1 vs. 11.6:1.  Also, noticed is the evaporative cooling effect of ethanol which will allow for a turbocharger in future engine applications.  Fine tuning the engine on the dynamoter will further enhance their E85 race car.

Each year Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC reaches out to local universities, community colleges and high school students encouraging and supporting students in sponsorships, internship opportunities, and other learning opportunities.  We believe giving back and teaching the next generation of engineers, environmentalists and economists more about renewable fuels will improve our local communities and nation.  Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC remains one of the largest and locally owned and operated ethanol plants in Illinois.

Click on the following link to read more about this exciting venture!

Cyclone Racing Sponsorship Information

Patriot Is Proud To Offer a Scholarship to a Henry County High School Senior

[ 0 ] February 27, 2014
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Deb Heavener from Patriot Renewable Fuels presents 2013 PRF Scholarship to Michael Smith who is now attending Monmouth College and majoring in Physical Education.

Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC will offer a $1,500 scholarship to at least one 2014 high school senior.   The requirements to be eligible for this scholarship are listed below:

  1. Applicant must be a 2014 high school senior from a High School within Henry County, Illinois.
  2. Applicant must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 (out of 5.0) or 3.0 (out of 4.0).
  3. Applicant must plan to attend full-time any trade or technical school, community college or four-year college or university.
  4. Applicant must complete an application and include one letter of recommendation from someone other than family or friends.  In addition, applicants must include a typed 500-word essay on the future challenges, benefits, and growth opportunities for the renewable fuels industry. In lieu of the essay, applicants may submit a three (3) minute video where they creatively express these same areas of interest.   Applications are available at the high school, at the administrative offices of Patriot Renewable Fuels, or may be downloaded:
    1. PRF Scholarship Application  (Word Document)
    2. PRF Scholarship Application  (.pdf format)
  5. Deadline for applications is April 14, 2014.
  6. Winners will be notified by mail and recognized at the high school awards ceremony.
  7.  Scholarship funds will be payable directly to the school, college or university.

Patriot Welcomes Steven Foes

[ 0 ] February 26, 2014
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Steven FoesSteven Foes began working for Patriot on Tuesday, Feb 25th. After completing safety training, he became a member of the yard staff. Originally from Mineral Steve now lives in Manlius with his wife and three sons. We are pleased to have Steve on the Patriot team!

Important Information to Consider as Farmers Plan Seed Corn Purchases

[ 0 ] February 26, 2014
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(DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) who provides grain procurement for Patriot and three other major grain companies — Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, and Cargill  – have indicated they will not accept corn containing Syngenta’s new corn rootworm trait Agrisure Duracade until it receives proper approvals from export customers.

Growers need to understand that if they are planting either Viptera or Duracade products, there could be marketing problems at the end of the year, according to Nathan Fields, National Corn Growers Association director of biotechnology and economic analysis.

See the following article by Pam Smith DTN/Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor for more information:

Grain Buyers Choose Sides

Patriot Out Front With Ethanol

[ 0 ] February 25, 2014
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NEC conferencePatriot plans to expand the regional ethanol market. Rick Vondra, Judd Hulting, Darrell Rakestraw, and Gene Griffith (not pictured) attended the National Ethanol Conference sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association.  Darrell’s interview with Domestic Fuel is highlighted in the article linked below.  He explains how we are working with local retailers to broaden the market with E85, E15, and blender pumps.  Click on the link and listen  to the recorded interview.

Darrell Rakestraw Interview explains how Patriot is seeking to broaden the ethanol market and educate consumers.