(Columbus)—Benchmark Biodiesel, a Columbus based biodiesel blending company served as host over the last few weeks for a series of tours for elected officials and non-profit groups. The purpose of the tours was to show Benchmark Biodiesel’s facility and to explain the applications for biodiesel use in the Midwest.
Benchmark Biodiesel host tour for House Majority Whip Jay Edwards in August
Benchmark Biodiesel was founded in 2008 by Page and Wade Thorson who saw a need for fleets to obtain consistently high-quality biodiesel blended to exact specifications 100% of the time. The biodiesel terminal located in Columbus, Ohio offers just that – the highest quality distilled biodiesel blended by their cutting-edge system. They supply fleets such as the Division of Fire for the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University Campus Area Bus Service, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and Franklin County Engineers.
“Once people come to see our facility, learn about biodiesel applications for their fleet, and have their questions answered with specific numbers and our process it becomes apparent that biodiesel is by far the most cost effective, easiest and safest biofuel to automatically make the switch towards,” said Page Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Benchmark Biodiesel. “It requires no engine modification, costs the same as diesel and immediately reduces emissions. There has been a ton of misinformation out there so we appreciate elected officials that have been able to come see our shop and understand the science behind our product.”
Ohio House Majority Whip Jay Edwards as well as several members from the Ohio Nature Conservancy attended the tours. Edwards is currently serving his second term in the Ohio House. He represents the 94th Ohio House District, which includes Athens, Meigs, Washington, and Vinton Counties. Edwards was named Public Official of the Year by Clean Fuels Ohio for his work on the State budget. The Nature Conservancy is one of the most wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in over 72 countries. Because the transportation industry has become the leading carbon emitter among all domestic energy sectors, more work is being dedicated to help with the transition towards alternative transportation fuel.
“In my experience, seeing these fuels as well as the fleets that use them serves a key purpose,” said Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. “Once elected officials and interested groups can see, touch and feel what these really are, they can see the big picture applications of these fuels. After a tour of a company like Benchmark Biodiesel, participants nearly always come away much more enthusiastic about alternative fuels in general.”
Clean Fuels Ohio is working with fueling companies all over the state to conduct tours in their area with local elected officials and interested groups.