Biodiesel industry helps drive American manufacturing

By The National Biodiesel Board | October 05, 2017

Biodiesel is a driving force in America’s manufacturing sector, supporting more than 64,000 good paying, clean energy jobs across the country. These jobs are contributing to a vibrant manufacturing sector, reinvigorating rural economies and driving innovation.

“Manufacturing Day 2017 is an appropriate time to reflect on the biodiesel industry’s economic contributions,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO. “With nearly 90 NBB-member plants, American-made biodiesel is produced in almost every state in the country. There are countless real-life examples of the power of biodiesel supporting the American economy and jobs throughout the supply chain. From the farmers who grow the feedstocks, to the producers who make the fuel, to the marketers and distributors who ensure it gets to the end users—biodiesel is an economic and job creation success story.”

Rehagen warned that the U.S. EPA’s recently published Notice of Data Availability, which proposes unprecedented cuts to biofuels volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard, “strikes at the heart of the U.S. biodiesel industry and would have devastating consequences, undermining job creation and economic growth.”

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation’s first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors, as well as the U.S. renewable diesel industry.

Manufacturing Day, which occurs on the first Friday in October, is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. For more visit,

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