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:
- Applicant must be a 2014 high school senior from a High School within Henry County, Illinois.
- Applicant must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 (out of 5.0) or 3.0 (out of 4.0).
- Applicant must plan to attend full-time any trade or technical school, community college or four-year college or university.
- 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:
- PRF Scholarship Application (Word Document)
- PRF Scholarship Application (.pdf format)
- Deadline for applications is April 14, 2014.
- Winners will be notified by mail and recognized at the high school awards ceremony.
- Scholarship funds will be payable directly to the school, college or university.
Steven 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!
(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 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.
Zachary Nordstrom, Aldo Munoz and Anthony Witt began work on Monday, January 20th after completing initial safety training with Vince McCabe.
Zachary Nordstrom, who will begin working in process, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Micro Biology and Agriculture Business from Western Illinois University. When he has the opportunity, he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and golfing.
Aldo Munoz, a maintenance apprentice at Patriot, has an electrical engineering degree from Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas. He likes to work with charities and enjoys church activities.
Anthony Witt earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Health/ Health Education from Northern Illinois University. He also has a Class “A” Illinois EPA Water License. Anthony enjoys hunting and skiing.
We are excited to have these three new employees as part of our team!
Patriot Renewable Fuels is delivering the message of the benefits of American made products with their new LED sign on Interstate 80 that was installed on December 20, 2013. The biorefinery is located just off I-80 and drivers can see the facility as they drive by, but Gene Griffith, president of Patriot notes that most drivers have no idea that the plant was producing the fuel -ethanol- they were using in their car.
So the Patriot team came up with a solution. To install and LED billboard along I-80 near their biorefinery that gives drivers simple messages about the benefits of ethanol. When the construction of Patriots biodiesel facility is complete, they will incorporate messages about the benefits of biodiesel as well.
“Patriot is very visible to drivers on I-80 but the sign we had was not easily viewable, and we often received questions “what is that plant?”, is it a power company?,” explained Griffith. “In addition to the permanent sign at the top that identifies Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC, the bottom sign is an LED message sign that we will use to highlight some of the important Patriot and Industry
messages.” The one shown is in this photo says “American Made”. Others will include “Producing Feed and Fuel,” with photos of the DDGS pile and rail cars of ethanol.
“Visibility is good 24 hours a day, but it is impossible to miss at night. We’ve had a great reception to its installation,” added Griffith.
Patriot congratulates Chad May as he moves to one of four shift lead positions. Chad began working at Patriot in November of 2012. In May of 2013 he completed his process technician training. Prior to joining Patriot, he managed housing units for WRBF LLC and was a plant manager at Multiserv. Thanks for being part of our team, Chad.
We are pleased to announce that as of January 13, 2014, Pat Ball will assume the position of Production Supervisor.
Pat started with Patriot prior to beginning operations in 2008 as an energy center operator. Pat showed a great amount of skill and understanding of the energy center operation. He also became very knowledgeable of the fermentation and distillation process. Pat was promoted to the shift supervisor position in Sept of 2012.
Prior to joining Patriot, Pat was employed by Neuman Farms Trucking. Pat is a graduate of J. D. Darnall High School in Geneseo, IL.
Patriot’s first shipment for 2014 is bound for Brazil. The 90 cars will carry nearly 2.5 million gallons. The train is being loaded today in sub-zero weather by Rene Amaro-Hernandez and Randy Walters. Thanks to this dedicated team, and others, Patriot will meet the scheduled delivery in spite of adverse weather.
Recently Judd Hulting, commodity manager for Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC participated on an Export Green trade mission with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). This opportunity lead to some sales in late 2013 and again in the New Year.
The U.S. ethanol industry is on pace to export an estimated 1 billion gallons in 2014 making our country the largest exporter in the world. The U.S. ethanol industry is also more than twice the size of the next largest producer in the world (Brazil).
Worldwide consumers continue to look to ethanol for the pocketbook savings at the pump along with the cleaner air benefits and sustainability of renewable fuels.