REG is the country’s leading biodiesel producer, distributing nationwide advanced biofuels using an integrated value chain model that converts natural fats, oils and greases into biofuels. The company owns and operates over 225 million gallons of annual production capacity at several biorefineries nationwide.
Last Friday, REG held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of some principal upgrades at its new plant in New Boston, some 150 miles east of Dallas. The old refinery had been closed for four years before REG’s acqusition of its 15 million gallon per year production capacity, becoming the second REG biorefinery in Texas.
Beginning Fall 2012, REG has given full-time positions to 22 individuals, who all came to the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with company executives, clients, suppliers and key members of the community.
Daniel J. Oh, REG’s President and CEO, looks forward to purchasing locally available, raw materials for their biodiesel production such as fat from poultry and used cooking oils in order to provide high quality biofuel for local diesel engines to run on. He is also confident that through the company’s business ventures, the nation will be more energy-secure, and the local community revived from the new job opportunities.
Texas, of course, has long been a world leader in the energy sector, and continues to leverage its own fossil fuel resources. However, the rise of biofuel production and innovation in the state is palpable, and industry leaders are confident that the expertise in energy production that Texas brings to the biofuels movement could be what is needed to make biodiesel and other sustainable energy methods a cost-effective, mainstream product that someday can mitigate the use of traditional petroleum-based fuels.