(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 PRF 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.
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.