Dexter plant considers going green

By Tyler Profilet - bio | email

DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - One Dexter company is thinking about going green and they say the switch could bring new jobs to the area.

Global Fuels, LLC is considering new technology that will produce bio fuels with waste products instead of chicken fat, which is what they currently use.

Global Fuels says the main reason for the possible switch is the lack of federal subsidies for traditional bio diesel plants.

Another reason is the abundance of waste products such as corn stalks and wood chips that would be used in the process.

And the company says going green could bring more greenbacks into the area.

"In America, we are champions at producing waste," said 49 Green CEO Henning Bollerslev.

The company is the only U.S. distributor for the Denmark-based company Organic Fuel Technology, which is hoping to partner with Global Fuels in Dexter to make the bio fuel plant the first in the world to use new green technology and produce bio diesel from waste such as wood chips and corn stalks.

"It's a paradise for us over here seeing how we can turn all our waste into any kind of fuel, and this way stop the import of crude oil," Bollerslev said.

Global Fuels co-owner Jerry Bagby said his company is always willing to try new technologies, even if it means being the first company in the world to do so.

"We always have to keep moving forward. We cannot stay in one place very long. We'll get to where we can't move at all," he said.

Bagby says the switch to green fuel will also bring more jobs to southeast Missouri.

"We have created about 13 jobs here and with the technology here and the things we're talking about, we're probably going to double that," Bagby said.

Bollerslev says jobs will also be created outside of Global Fuels.

"We have the right to use the license agreement for the patent to manufacture all the equipment in southeast Missouri for this market and maybe even for the world market," he said.

To grow the local economy, Bollerslev says companies like Global Fuels need to think worldwide.

"We're trying with all we can, with all our goals, to put southeast Missouri back on the global map."

Bagby says Global Fuels doesn't have a timeline for a decision, and says the a final plan is still a ways down the road.

But he hopes to have a more concrete plan within the next year.

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