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POET Biorefining - Laddonia welcomes new GM


Robert Flynn leads newly expanded plant

POET Biorefining - Laddonia (Mo.) welcomes a new leader, General Manager Robert Flynn, to oversee operations of the 50 million-gallon-per-year ethanol production facility.

Before joining POET, Flynn was Vice President of Operations for GT Technologies in Defiance and Toledo, Ohio. In all, he has 30 years of management experience in manufacturing. Flynn has an Associate of Science in Business, also a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration both from Indiana Wesleyan and an MBA from Notre Dame University.

“I am very excited to join the team here at Laddonia,” Flynn said. “I am fortunate to have such a high-performing group of individuals working as a team toward the continued success of the Laddonia facility. POET has a fine reputation as the world leader in ethanol production and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. I am proud to become a part of the POET team.”

Flynn joins the Laddonia team at an exciting time. The plant recently completed $2 million project that added a sixth fermenter, increasing capacity by 5 million gallons per year.

Additionally, this year the plant’s natural gas-fired turbine system received an ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lowering energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

About POET
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 20-year-old company produces more than 1.54 billion gallons of ethanol annually from 26 production facilities nationwide. POET recently started up a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in 2011. For more information, visit


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