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Industry recognizes CVEC board of directors

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BENSON — The nation's ethanol industry has recognized the board of directors for the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson.

The Renewable Fuels Association congratulated the company after Ethanol Producer Magazine and BBI International cited the company's board of directors as "board of the year."

According to a new release, the local company was among four ethanol facilities in the country to be honored during the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in June in Omaha, Nebraska.

In the release, Chad Friese, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company general manager, described the company's nine-member board as a "great group of people and individuals" who "go beyond the call of duty.'' He also said that the board has continued to invest in technology and efficiency.

"We're one of the older plants in the industry," said Dave Thompson, chairman of the board. "This is our 23rd year of grinding corn, so we end up doing a lot of capital projects to keep us modern and efficient."

Board members have varying backgrounds, including banking and farming, but all have a passion for the ethanol industry, Thompson said in the release. Most are also serving on boards of other companies and organizations.

Kelly Davis, director of regulatory affairs for the Renewable Fuels Association who nominated the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company board, cited the company's "excellent" diversification moves, strategic growth through investments, and passion.