Renewable Energy Group (REG) has started up production at
its newest biorefinery in Northeast Texas, the
company confirmed on Wednesday.
The largest US biodiesel producer and marketer hosted
a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of major
upgrades at the New Boston biorefinery, located about
150 miles east of Dallas.
REG acquired the 15 million gal/year refinery in November 2012 after it
had been shut down for nearly four years.
This is the second Texas biorefinery REG has acquired. REG
also operates a biorefinery in Houston and five other
plants in Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota, which give the company
more than 225 million gallons of annual production
Since last fall, 22 new full-time employees have been hired.
These employees joined company leaders, customers, suppliers
and community members to cut the ribbon and celebrate the
plants first sale.
Biodiesel is Americas leading and growing
advanced biofuel, which supports agriculture and food
production here in the United States, said Daniel J. Oh,
REGs chief executive. We are proud to purchase raw
materials like poultry fats and used cooking oils from this
region, and use them to produce high quality, clean burning
fuels to help power our transportation industry.
Utilizing its extensive logistics and distribution network,
REG will market REG-9000 brand biodiesel to petroleum
distributors, truck stops and oil refiners across the
Diesel engines can use a B20 biodiesel blend produced
right here in New Boston, Texas by your neighbors, said
Oh. Every gallon of fuel we produce and use at home makes
our country more energy secure while revitalizing local
communities by offering new jobs.