(July 30, 2014) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) welcomed its newest member: Hankinson Renewable Energy. The North Dakota ethanol facility employs 51 full time employees, producing 132 million gallons of ethanol and 400,000 tons of dried distillers grain with solubles each year.
Hankinson Renewable Energy is owned by Guardian Hankinson LLC, a joint-venture that includes ethanol producers Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co., Heartland Corn Products, Dakota Ethanol LLC, and KAAPA Ethanol LLC. Guardian Hankinson LLC is the third venture by Guardian Energy Management LLC following the acquisition of Guardian Energy LLC in Janesville, Minn., and Guardian Energy Holdings LLC in Lima, Ohio.
Mike Jerke, CEO of Guardian Energy Management LLC, highlighted the benefits of joining RFA, noting, “The Renewable Fuels Association has been a leader in the industry for more than 30 years, providing unparalleled technical and regulatory expertise. RFA is a proven investment time and time again. We have seen this firsthand through their work with Guardian Energy and Guardian Lima. We are excited to have the Hankinson plant join this innovative and forward-thinking organization as they work to expand markets abroad and promote the benefits of renewable, low-cost ethanol here at home.”
Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, lauded RFA’s newest member, stating, “We are honored to have Hankinson Renewable Energy join our ranks. The RFA uniquely offers each producer a seat on the Board of Directors and Hankinson Renewable Energy will be a great addition as we work to further the American ethanol industry, which is reducing American dependence on foreign oil, creating jobs, and revitalizing rural economies.”