St. Joseph, Mo. (Oct. 17, 2016 ) — High Plains Bioenergy (HPB) celebrated the grand opening of its newest biodiesel production plant, HPB – St. Joe Biodiesel, located in St. Joseph, Mo., today. The plant will use vegetable oils as the primary feedstock to produce up to 28 million gallons of biodiesel annually.
Community and company dignitaries participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the plant followed by an open house and plant tour.
The grand opening celebration marks High Plains Bioenergy's second venture to produce biodiesel that is a renewable, clean-burning fuel produced from natural oils, such as vegetable oils, and can be used with petroleum-based diesel fuel in existing diesel engines with little or no modification. HPB is a subsidiary of Seaboard Foods.
"The addition of HPB – St. Joe Biodiesel further solidifies our dedication to finding alternative energy sources," said Gary Louis, executive vice president of Seaboard Foods. "This plant will help us continue to maximize our marketing opportunities by offering a variety of product options to our current and future customer base by combining the St. Joseph plant's production along with the production at the Guymon, Okla., biodiesel plant. The addition of HPB – St. Joe Biodiesel will offer customers a wider range of biodiesel products for different environmental conditions while expanding our distribution footprint."
Total biodiesel production capacity will be approximately 60 million gallons annually. Limited production is underway in St. Joseph and product is currently available by truck and rail.
HPB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, a division of Seaboard Corporation [NYSE: SEB]. As an integrated food company, Seaboard Foods controls every step from farm operations to pork processing, and raises and cares for pigs to produce pork that is served on tables throughout the world. HPB is dedicated to finding alternative energy sources from and for the Seaboard Foods connected food system. In addition to biodiesel production, HPB operations include biogas generation through anaerobic digestion of waste water and compressed natural gas (CNG) facilities.