National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) members had the opportunity to visit two biodiesel production facilities, Milagro Biofuels and Memphis Biofuels, during the Consortium’s fall meeting in Memphis, Tennessee.

Upon their arrival at Milagro Biofuels, James Burkhead, plant manager, and Gary Meloni, Jr., chief operating officer, greeted the NAFTC members and took the group on a detailed tour of the newly-opened biofuels facility. Located in an old cotton-seed mill, Milagro Biofuels estimates it will produce 5 million gallons of biodiesel per year, a rate of 14,280 gallons a day.

Tour of Milagro Biofuels

Andrew Couch, Coordinator of West Tennessee Clean Cities, addresses the NAFTC members before they begin their tour of Milagro Biofuels. Couch was instrumental in arranging the Milagro Biofuels tour and the Memphis Biofuels tour.

Tour of Milagro Biofuels

Plant Manager James Burkhead, NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron, CEO Gary Meloni, Jr., and Coordinator of West Tennessee Clean Cities Andrew Couch tour the Milagro Biofuels facility. NAFTC file photo

Tour of Milagro Biofuels

Plant Manager James Burkhead speaks to NAFTC members at the Milagro facility. NAFTC file photo

Tour of Milagro Biofuels

The Milagro Biofuels facility is located in an old cotton-seed mill where it will produce approximately 14,280 gallons of biodiesel per day.

Milagro Biofuels opened its doors in early October and produces its biodiesel from soybeans grown on farms in Tennessee and surrounding states. More information on Milagro Biofuels can be found on their Web site, www.milagrobiofuels.com.

NAFTC members toured a second new biodiesel facility, Memphis Biofuels, and met with Ken Arnold, chief executive officer and president, and Brandon Sheley, senior vice president. Memphis Biofuels LLC was formed in late 2005 with the intent to develop a biodiesel production facility with an annual capacity of 36 million gallons per year and the capability to increase that production to 100 million gallons.

Tour of Milagro Biofuels

CEO and President Ken Arnold, Coordinator of West Tennessee Clean Cities Andrew Couch, Senior Vice President Brandon Sheley, and NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron outside the Memphis Biofuels facility. NAFTC file photo

Tour of Milagro Biofuels

The Memphis Biofuels building was once home to a Proctor and Gamble site. NAFTC file photo

Tour of Milagro Biofuels

Ken Arnold, CEO and President of Memphis Biofuels, explains the biodiesel production process to NAFTC members.

The new production facility is equipped with a full service lab and more than 750,000 gallons of storage capacity for finished biodiesel. More information on Memphis Biofuels can be found on its Web site, www.memphisbiofuels.com.




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