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CountryMark Adds New Blending Technology

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CountryMark celebrated a new technology investment this week in Mount Vernon, an investment of nearly half a million dollars. CEO Charlie Smith explains the new biodiesel rack injection system.

“In Mount Vernon we continue to have a splash vending operation. This sequential blending is quicker, reduces costs, and gives a superior blending effectiveness for the high quality biodiesel that we add to our existing diesel fuel. So, this is really about next generation technology of getting the proper mixing between the biofuel, which is a soybean byproduct, and the diesel fuel itself.”

He told HAT the benefits of the rack injection system sprinkle around, touching several areas including their biodiesel consumers.

“A more efficient, more effective blend of high quality fuels gives a better experience for the user. At CountryMark we’re all about that. I used to say if our fuel fails my phone rings, so that’s a benefit directly to the consumer.”

Of course, soybean farmers and farmers in general benefit.

“The benefit to the farmers, most of whom own us, farmer owners part of the co-op system, is increased demand for biofuels, and increased use of biofuels helps keep grain prices a little bit higher. Now I’m not suggesting this facility in and of itself is going to have an impact on soybean prices, but generally speaking the more we can promote biofuels the better off the experience is at the farm gate for farm profitability if the consumers in general are happy consuming biofuels.”

CountryMark also benefits from better demand of better fuels and being better able to meet their blend requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard. More on that in the full interview:Charlie Smith on new blending technology

Smith and others were joined by Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch at a celebration event Wednesday.

(Top picture: Mark Seib, a Posey County Farmer and United Soybean Board Director; Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch; Bill Jones, President and CEO of Crossroads Corner, an Illinois trucking company; and CountryMark President and CEO Charlie Smith)

(Also pictured: Ash Titzer, CountryMark’s Manager of Crude Gathering and Transportation, provided a tour of the new biodiesel rack injection equipment)