Xenerga to begin production

By Susanne Retka Schill | July 14, 2008
Web exclusive posted July 29, 2008 at 11:39 a.m. CST

Xenerga Inc. is expected to begin biodiesel production this week in Mansfield, Ohio.

According to Jeff Schultheis, a primary partner and general manager of Arlington Energy LLC, owner of the 5 MMgy plant, the facility will operate under the name Xenerga of Mansfield. Arlington Energy has invested in Orlando-based Xenerga Inc., which not only supplied the equipment and training for the new facility, but will also develop an ongoing relationship for support services. Biodiesel marketing will be done by Tennessee-based Eco-energy Inc. The company has contracted with Restaurant Technologies Inc. to bring used cooking oil from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Detroit restaurants.

Two years in development, the four main partners in Arlington Energy recruited other investors and retrofitted a former car dealership to house the biodiesel plant which has 160,000 gallons of storage for feedstock and finished product. Plans are to double the capacity to 10 MMgy within six months, Schultheis said, and in another year add a second facility in Columbus, Ohio. "The local community has been very helpful," he added. Once a steel town, Mansfield, Ohio, still has a General Motors factory. "They're really excited about seeing a new, green industry get started," he said.

This is the second facility associated with Xenerga to open this year. In late May Indiana Flex Fuels LLC started production at a 5 MMgy plant located in Kingsbury, Ind. Xenerga has plans to support a chain of locally-owned biodiesel plants using waste vegetable oil in several major urban areas across the nation.
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