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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the yard crew for their excellent safety record.
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 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”.
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.
It 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.
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.