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POET Biorefining -- Caro receives green award


POET Biorefining -- Caro has received the Michigan Agri-Business Association’s 2011 Green Agri-Business Designation for incorporating environmental practices into its operations.

The award recognizes “outstanding efforts to protect Michigan’s natural resources, conserve energy and reduce their impact on the state’s water, land and air.”

POET Biorefining -- Caro uses a total water recovery system to eliminate wastewater discharge and a waste heat recovery system that recycles both heat and water. It uses the Load Toad DDGS loader to get more product onto each rail car and conducts a recycling program.

“We produce renewable fuel, so reducing waste and energy use is a natural focus for POET Biorefining -- Caro,” General Manager David Gloer said. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the MABA for those efforts.”

“The Michigan Agri-Business Association wants to shine a light on the many agricultural businesses that are doing the right thing, and keeping Michigan’s natural resources strong and healthy,” MABA President Jim Byrum said. “Conservation, sustainability and energy efficiency are a way of life for these Michigan businesses, saving both money and resources. These businesses are good for both our industry and Michigan’s future, and we want to highlight their efforts.”

About POET
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 23-year-old company produces more than 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol and 10 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed annually from 27 production facilities nationwide. POET also operates a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit


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