BEATRICE – Two companies that turned an idle facility into an innovative biodiesel plant now employing over 50 people, held an open house at the Gage County Industrial Park, Thursday.
The Duonix Beatrice Biodiesel plant has been producing fuel since last summer.
:14 “overhaul the plant”
David Cotten is Plant Manager for the Duonix Plant, which joined with Irving, Texas-based Benefuel Inc.,…using innovative processing to produce a low monoglyceride biodiesel.
:13 “of biodiesel”
The fuel produced by the plant can be shipped out by rail, or by truck. Cotten says one of the plant’s customers is Sapp Brothers, a Nebraska distributor, but biodiesel is also shipped all over the U.S.
:06 “market’s right”
Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries, operates the plant.
:36 “high-value, biodiesel”
Flint Hills also operates seven ethanol plants, including one at Fairmont, Nebraska, five in Iowa and one in Georgia. The Beatrice plant employs people in the local Beatrice area and in other areas within 50 miles of the plant. Cotten says the company believes in the long-term viability of biodiesel in the transportation fuels market.
At Thursday’s open house, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts lauded Flint Hills and Benefuels for promoting value-added agriculture.
:22 “we grow Nebraska”
Duonix personnel were on hand to answer questions about the operation and give tours of the facility during the 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. event.