Great Lakes Biodiesel earns BQ-9000 Producer status
Great Lakes Biodiesel Inc., the largest biodiesel producing plant in Canada, received BQ-9000 Producer status from the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission. This designation is the highest level of industry recognized quality assurance.
“Achieving BQ-9000 Producer status is just one of many goals we achieved in an effort to continuously provide our customers with the highest quality product and services,” said Thomas J. Guzek, chief marketing officer of Great Lakes Biodiesel. “Our Great Lakes team is a highly experienced and dedicated group that worked very diligently to achieve this outstanding accreditation. We are proud to be a part of the BQ-9000 process. Most importantly, we know BQ-9000 accreditation means consistent, efficient production and supply of high-quality fuel to help address the growing renewable energy demands both in Canada and U.S.”
BQ-9000 is a cooperative and voluntary quality assurance program administered by the National Biodiesel Board for the accreditation of producers and marketers of biodiesel fuel. This unique program addresses requirements of the ASTM standard for biodiesel, ASTM D6751, within a structured quality system that controls storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution, and fuel management practices. Certification is awarded following a successful formal review and audit of the applicant’s quality system documentation, followed by a formal audit of the applicant’s conformance to its system.
Great Lakes Biodiesel is located in Welland, Ontario. GLB is a member of the National Biodiesel Board and Ontario Biodiesel Association. The GLB facility is the largest biodiesel plant in Canada producing 45 MMgy made from vegetable oils. The plant uses state-of-the-art Desmet Ballestra production equipment, which is in service in more than 80 biodiesel plants around the world.