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Patriot Is Proud To Offer Scholarship to Henry County High School Seniors

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015
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Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC will offer a $1,500 scholarship to at least one 2015 high school senior.   The requirements to be eligible for this scholarship are listed below:

  1. Applicant must be a 2015 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 13, 2015.
  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 Two New Employees

[ 0 ] February 10, 2015
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Last week Patriot welcomed two new members to our team!

Tom DericTom Derick from Buda, IL joins the production team. In his spare time,  Tom enjoys riding his Honda Valkyrie motorcycle. 

 

 

 

 

Gregg EngelsGregg Engels, who graduated from Lincoln Tech, will be working in the maintenance department.  Gregg, his wife, Karen and their three children live in Kewanee, IL. Gregg enjoys fishing, camping and bow hunting.

Zach Nordstrom Promoted to Lab Manager

[ 0 ] January 22, 2015
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IMG_0568Zach Nordstrom has been promoted to the Lab Manager position at Patriot.  In his new role, he will lead and direct all aspects of the Quality Control Lab. Zach started at Patriot on January 20th 2014 as a process operator and is knowledgeable in plant operations. He then took over as lab technician ensuring quality control of our products and upkeep of lab equipment. In addition to his Bachelor of Science Degree in Micro Biology and Agriculture Business from Western Illinois,  Zach was the first person to receive specialized training provided by DuPont for ethanol plant lab personnel. He has taken a course on HACCP, Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points. HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling.  In the spring, he will be taking a course on FSMA,  the Food Safety Modernization Act. He has recently become a member of the ASTM, an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.  He serves on the technical committee. Zach studied agriculture abroad in Australia in 2013.  Zach’s continued dedication and hard work are a welcome addition to the management staff.

Annawan Co-op Student Joins the Patriot Team

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015
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Austiin LucasPatriot welcomes Austin Lucas – our newest Co-op Student. Austin, a senior at Annawan High School, will be working in the yard with fellow co-op student Logan DeMay. Austin played football in the fall and is currently on the high school basketball team.

Cyclone Racing Team Shows Off Formula Race Car at Patriot

[ 0 ] January 9, 2015
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Iowa State Cyclone Racing Team Members: Greg Bott, Derek Peters and Michael Hauptman

Iowa State Cyclone Racing Team Members: Greg Bott, Derek Peters and Michael Hauptman

On Monday, Dec 22, 2014, three members of the Iowa State University Cyclone Racing team stopped by the ethanol plant with the ISU Formula Race Car. Because Patriot was the primary sponsor of this team’s car, the team agreed to design, build, test, and race a formula style race car that would run on E-85, a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gas.  Greg Bott, a team member, was an intern at Patriot this past summer.  Greg recently graduated from Iowa State with a degree in mechanical engineering.  Other Iowa State team members include Derek Peter, a senior, and Michael Hauptman, a junior. Both are majoring in mechanical engineering.

Patriot employees examine the car and wish for a nicer day in order to test it out.

Patriot employees examine the car and wish for a nicer day in order to test it out.

This Iowa State Racing Team competes with approximately 450 teams from around the world at several Formula SAE series events.

Dick Ferkel Joins the Patriot Team

[ 0 ] January 9, 2015
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New Employee Dick Ferkel 1-6-15 (3)Patriot welcomes Dick Ferkel as maintenance shipping and receiving clerk. He joined out team on Monday, January 5th. We are grateful to Dick, a combat vet, for his service in Afghanistan from 2008-2009.

Patriot Exports Featured in BIOFUELS Journal

[ 0 ] December 7, 2014
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Patriot Announces the Appointment of Audie Sturtewagen as new Plant Manager, for Patriot Fuels Biodiesel, LLC

[ 0 ] December 3, 2014
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Audie  Sturtewagen

Audie Sturtewagen

(Annawan, IL. – December 3, 2014) – Patriot Chairman/ CEO, Gene Griffith announced today that Audie Sturtewagen has been appointed as Plant Manager of Patriot Fuels Biodiesel, LLC .  The new five million gallon per year biodiesel plant is expected to come on  line in the first quarter of 2015.   Griffith said, “Audie has been a valuable part of the Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC team since 2008 when the ethanol plant started production.  In the six years he has been with us as Safety Manager, and then as Production Manager, Audie has proven his dedication and ability to learn and operate new and complicated processes”.

Audie Sturtewagen said “I’m excited to have the opportunity to manage this important new Patriot subsidiary.  We believe this new plant will be one of the most cost efficient biodiesel plants in the country.  I am proud to be part of this new plant in my hometown, Annawan, IL.  It’s great to see Patriot grow and diversify its business here, and I can’t wait to work with the new employees that will be brought on to operate the plant”.

Rick Vondra said “Patriot Fuels Biodiesel, LLC will use a new “Super Critical” production process that involves high pressure and heat.  It will use less chemicals than many other processes.  Feedstock will be corn oil extracted from the corn/ethanol process, but if we want to expand production, we can use any of the other feedstocks such as soy oil, brown grease, or yellow grease as well”.  The plant has been designed by Jatro Diesel, Miamisburg, Ohio.  Patriot is acting as general contractor for the project.  Construction Manager,  Joe Lillion is coordinating and supervising all the engineering, procurement and subcontractor activities.

Biodiesel Plant Under Construction

Biodiesel Plant Under Construction

Griffith added “This will be the first Advanced  biofuel produced by Patriot.  Biodiesel produced from corn oil extracted by an ethanol producer will have one of the lowest carbon scores of any renewable fuels produced today”.  Patriot announced in October that it is also exploring the possibility of adding another Advanced/Cellulosic biofuel by fermenting the corn fiber that is presently being left in the Dried Distillers Grain “DDGS”.  The decision to add this second process known as Generation 1.5 will be made by Patriot’s board, when the engineering is completed shortly after the first of the year.

The addition of the production of biodiesel and potentially cellulosic ethanol will help grow our business, diversify our end products, support agriculture, and contribute further to clean air and energy independence.

Patriot Wecomes Two New Employees

[ 0 ] December 1, 2014
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We are proud to welcome two new members of the process team:

Chandler Gilbraith, Annawan, IL,  served in the Air Force from December of 2010 through September of this year working with the security forces.

Chandler Gilbraith, Annawan, IL, served in the Air Force from December of 2010 through September of this year working with the security forces.

Ashtin Mercer, Kewanee, IL, has an Associate of Science degree from Black Hawk College and an Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology from Carl Sandburg College.

Ashtin Mercer, Kewanee, IL, has an Associate of Science degree from Black Hawk College and an Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology from Carl Sandburg College.