North Carolina biodiesel plant to train ex-convicts

By | May 01, 2004
North Carolina's first biodiesel factory is the result of one man's vision of employing former prisoners.
Human Kindness Foundation director Bo Lozoff said Carolina Biodiesel Inc. (CBI) is currently raising funds and canvassing other biodiesel plants to discover effective production techniques. He hopes to have the 3-mmgy to 5-mmgy factory operational within 12 months. The 10,000-square foot factory will use yellow grease as feedstock.

All that remains is raising the needed money for start-up operations.

"We have a factory sitting empty and waiting," Lozoff said.
Lozoff plans on staffing the plant with former prisoners in need of work experience to become more employable. The plant will serve as a job-training program.

CBI is also taking an unorthodox approach to fundraising. Lozoff is accepting donations and selling copies of his latest album online. He also held a sold-out benefit concert in mid-May in Chapel Hill, N.C.

"It's beautiful poetic irony in that we're taking what some people consider waste grease and what some people consider waste people and making a useful product that helps the environment," Lozoff said.

More information about Lozoff and CBI is available online at
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