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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”.

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.