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POET Plants Receive Railroad Safety Awards

By Staff | May 20, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Emmetsburg is among 19 POET ethanol plants have been recognized for outstanding safety in transporting products by Norfolk Southern and Canadian National railroads.

Norfolk Southern’s Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award and Canadian National’s Safe Handling Award were given to POET plants in Ashton, Coon Rapids, Corning, Emmetsburg, Gowrie, Hanlontown and Jewell, Iowa; Big Stone City, Chancellor, Groton, Hudson, Mitchell and Scotland, S.D.; Alexandria, North Manchester and Portland, Ind.; Bingham Lake and Lake Crystal, Minn; and Fostoria, Ohio.

The award is given to companies that have no non-accident releases during the year and have successful prevention plans in place. 

“We take safety very seriously at POET, and the track records at these plants are a perfect example of that,” POET CEO Jeff Broin said. “Our team members are committed to making every step of the production process as safe as possible.”

About POET

POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 22-year-old company produces more than 1.6 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 Emmetsburg, Iowa.

For more information, visit www.poet.com.