Musician Willie Nelson
expands biodisel brand BioWillie
CARL'S CORNER, Texas, July 6, 2005
(ENS): Musician Willie Nelson spent
the Independence Day weekend expanding his
chain of biodiesel fueling stations to the
truck stop Carl's Corner along Interstate
Carl's Corner now offers “BioWillie,”
the singer’s unique brand of B20,
a fuel made of 20 percent biodiesel and
80 percent petroleum diesel. It is supplied
to filling stations by Willie Nelson Biodiesel,
founded by the musician.
In Texas, Carl’s Corner is not only
the name of the city, but also the truck
stop of the July 3 biodiesel celebration,
which included amusements such as a chili
cook-off and concert by Nelson.
“The response from my trucker customers
so far has been phenomenal,” said
Carl Cornelius, co-owner Carl’s Corner.
“Almost everybody who’s used
it has been totally satisfied. I’m
learning from truckers they find better
mileage, smoother performance, more power.
They’re pretty excited. Everybody
ought to get on this bandwagon.”
During the Texas event, the National Biodiesel
Board presented Cornelius with the Biodiesel
Pioneer Award for his commitment to bringing
biodiesel to truckers.
Nelson intends to establish a chain of
BioWillie stations throughout the southeastern
United States. "Biodiesel is the future,”
Company representatives say future plans
include truck stops carrying the B20 along
the east coast from Miami, Florida up to
Rochester, New York.
Nelson and Peter Bell, of biodiesel supplier
Distribution Drive formed Willie Nelson
Biodiesel with three other partners in December
2004. To find out more about Willie Nelson
Biodiesel, visit www.wnbiodiesel.com.
IOWA FALLS, Iowa, July 6, 2005 (ENS):
With the capacity to produce 37.5 million gallons of
renewable, clean-burning biodiesel a year, Cargill’s
planned biodiesel plant in Iowa Falls, Iowa is set to
be larger than any of the United States’ current
Cargill announced last month that it plans to start
construction of the new plant this summer, with production
expected in April 2006.
Organizers say the plant will initially produce biodiesel
exclusively from soybean oil, but in the future, they
hope to add animal fat and waste grease capabilities
Adjacent to its existing soybean crush facility in
Iowa Falls, Cargill also plans to build a glycerin refinery
that can turn out 30 million pounds per year.
“The price volatility of the soybean oil and
petroleum markets can be challenging for biodiesel producers,"
said Wayne Teddy, president, Cargill Grain and Oilseed
Crush Supply-North America. But "by leveraging
Cargill’s experience with other renewable fuels,
utilizing our expertise in processing, logistics and
risk management, as well as accessing our production
of multiple feedstocks,” the company will make
the enterprise a success, Teddy said.
Cargill is the nation’s third largest ethanol
producer. It has an ethanol facility in Eddyville, Iowa
that produces 35 million gallon per year and another
just across the Nebraska border in Blair that produces
85 million gallons per year.
"Our biodiesel initiative reflects ongoing government
support for renewable fuels and our broader commitment
to invest in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, while
generating new markets and applications for American
farmers,” he said.
“I think it’s great that Cargill is entering
the biodiesel market. It’s wonderful,” said
Roy Arends, a director for the Iowa Soybean Promotion
Board and farmer from Alexander, Iowa.
“Some might see this as competition for the farmer-owned
biodiesel plants, but I see it as a good sign for the
future. Cargill obviously thinks it’s going to
be profitable long term or they wouldn’t be doing
Iowa farmers have invested millions of tax form checkoff
dollars in the development, production and promotion
of soy biodiesel.
There are 52 biodiesel retail fueling stations and
more than 350 biodiesel fuel distributors in the state.
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