Pacific Biodiesel
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Pacific Biodiesel Newsletter
July 4, 2015 
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Pacific Biodiesel acknowledges environmental champions currently fueling with biodiesel including:

















Celebrating Energy Independence! 
   Just 3 years ago, in July of 2012, Big Island Biodiesel began operations.  As the first fuel refinery built in Hawaii in more than 25 years, and the only renewable fuel production facility in the State, there was a lot to celebrate.  
   Today, the locally produced renewable fuel is used by trucking companies, power facilities, county fleets, fishing and diving boats, and many private vehicle owners who are committed to improving the environment and helping Hawaii achieve energy independence.
PBT Welcomes BIB Members
"We're all one big family now!"
   In a unanimous vote, members of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC (PBT) and Big Island Biodiesel, LLC (BIB), decided to combine the Companies, making BIB a wholly owned subsidiary of PBT as of July 1, 2015.
The move unites all members in our effort to expand biodiesel production in Hawaii and continue to decrease our state's dependency on imported fossil fuel.

   President Robert King noted it is fitting to expand membership in Pacific Biodiesel in his company's 20th anniversary year. PBT's newest members now join the oldest and most experienced biodiesel business in America.

   "It will be easier to run as one company," stated PBT President Robert King. "But it is equally important to have BIB investors become part of the many projects Pacific Biodiesel is involved with. There is so much related activity, and all projects are integral to a sustainable future for our island community."

Pacific Biodiesel's 20th Anniversary
Employees from island operations commemorate two decades of clean fuel production in Hawaii
"The future's so bright we gotta wear shades" was the theme for Maui's team group shot

   Twenty years is a huge milestone.  To mark the occasion, Pacific Biodiesel had special polo shirts made with the company logo and distributed them to all employees. With almost 70 employees across the state it was impossible to include everyone but staff from each island got together to take  group shots. Seen here are employees from Maui, Oahu & Hawaii Island showing off the Company colors.  

Early morning was the best time to catch the teams from Pacific Biodiesel and Big Island Biodiesel shown outside the plant in Keaau
The Oahu team had an anniversary party at the Sand Island facility
Biofuel Crop Project Update
Energy storage is beautiful on the Big Island!
    Sunflowers are blooming in Pacific Biodiesel's test plots and bringing lots of smiles to the team working on our new future biodiesel feedstock.
James Twigg-Smith shows off some of the current blooms
   "Working on short term field crops like sunflower has been an awesome experience", reported James Twigg-Smith, PBT's Agriculture Operations Manager. "With a background in orchard crops, the short growing period of the flowers is totally new to me, and truly exciting. The crop loves our climate, and has the potential to support multiple facets of the local  ag industry, from energy to livestock and beyond.  "Plus", he noted with a grin, "it's fun to do everyday work in a sea of giant yellow flowers! "  
Hawaii State Association of Counties
Biodiesel panel discussion and expo booth featured
  "Why invest in our Counties?", the theme for the 2015 HSAC conference, offered the perfect platform to highlight the benefits that locally produced biodiesel brings to Hawaii communities.  Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel, Kelly King moderated a panel of biodiesel users from state, county and private fleets across the islands. 
Biodiesel panel participants (L to R) Kelvin Kohatsu, Fleet Administrator, Hawaii Electric Light Co., Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director, State Department of Transportation, Randy Kurohara, Deputy Managing Director, County of Hawaii, and Clyde Omija, Assistant Chief, Division of Automotive Equipment Service of the City and County of Honolulu. 
Bob King, President of PB, provides additional information to Young Brothers' Glenn Hong during a break in the conference
 The Pacific Biodiesel display featured sam- ples of the company's distilled biodiesel as well as seeds, meal and oil from various crop seeds and waste agricultural products that the Company has tested for possible future feedstock for the renewable diesel replacement.
PBL Service Technician Gets Kudos 
Big Island driver recognized for professionalism     

"I was very impressed
Randall Fontes, Pacific Biodiesel Logistics, Hawaii Island   
with Randall's profes- sionalism and attention to detail while servicing our restaurant.  It's obvious he takes pride in his work.  Pacific Biodiesel is lucky to have him as a representative."    

-Debbie Ching Maiava,  

General Manager  

Ken's House of Pancakes 

UHMC Sustainable Sciences Student Interns at Pacific Biodiesel
   Michelle Del Rosario has joined Pacific Biodiesel this summer to complete her Sustainable Science Internship consisting of 225 hours of project based activities.   Currently, Michelle is assisting in the creation of a recognition program within the State of Hawaii to acknowledge businesses, organizations and government agencies using renewable fuels and methods of efficiency for transportation energy, helping the State of Hawaii eliminate its dependence on imported fossil fuel.  

   Interns apply skills to workplaces in an occupation within the student's area of interest in sustainable science management. The company provides practical experience to develop knowledge and skills in the application of theory to actual problems in a non-classroom setting.  

Enrolled in the Sustainable Science Management (SSM) program, leading to a baccalaureate degree at University of Hawai'i Maui College, Michelle is due to graduate in May, 2016.

   The Sustainable Science Management (SSM) program includes coursework in energy, ecology, business and management, water and wastewater, agriculture, waste-management, economics, policy, the built environment, and social science; all in the context of case studies in the larger interdisciplinary field of sustainability.

Al Leung is Employee of the Quarter 
Big Island Biodiesel Recognition       
Big Island Biodiesel's Al Leung
   Congratulations to Big Island Biodiesel's newest "Employee of the Quarter", Al Leung.  In this program, established for the team at the biodiesel refinery, employees vote on the co-worker they feel should be awarded this honor. Danny Aoki, Lead Operator, was winner of the award for the first quarter of 2015.   Al Leung, who serves as  the facility's Purchasing Maintenance Technician,  has been with the company since March of 2014.   Director of Operations Jenna Long noted, "Al is very dedicated to his job and to the team, always willing to lend a hand to whoever needs it."   
   "We couldn't have asked for two more deserving employees to kick off this new recognition program, " added Plant Manager, Tony Pastrama. 
Congratulations to our Rising Stars  
Promoted from within:

Big Island Biodiesel:
Ke Kai Kaleleiki - Operations Team Manager, Hawaii Island
Danny Aoki - Lead Operator, Hawaii Island
Mike Sidman - Lead Operator, Hawaii Island 
New Faces in the Biodiesel Biz
The PBT ohana welcomes new members across the State:


Pacific Biodiesel Technologies: 
Aaron King - Microbiologist, Hawaii Island
Arlene Estacion - HR Generalist, Hawaii Island

Pacific Biodiesel Logistics:
Iokepa Caires - Driver/Service Technician, Maui 
Upcoming Events

Wednesday and Thursday,  July 8 & 9
Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo  

Stop by and visit the Pacific Biodiesel Logistics team at the Blaisdell Center, booth #519.  Once again, the dynamic duo of Dana Shinsato and Rob Robinson will be on hand to inform food service representatives about recycling waste oils into renewable fuel.  They can also provide information about using biodiesel for transportation fleets, power generators and more.

Monday through Wednesday,  August 24 & 26
ARISE Summits and Expo, Hawai
i Convention Center     
Thursday & Friday, August 27 & 28 
 Hawaii Transportation Association Annual Meeting

Pacific Biodiesel will be exhibiting at the Hawaii Transportation Association's Annual Meeting which takes place at the Sheraton Kona  Resort at Keauhou Bay.  State Director of Transportation, Ford Fuchigami is one of the featured speakers at the conference, presenting on renewable fuels for transporation. 

Headquartered in Kahului, Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel was conceived in 1995 as a response to local concerns over unmanageable quantities of waste cooking oil being dumped at the Central Maui Landfill.  Since opening and operating the very first retail biodiesel pump in America, Pacific Biodiesel has built a solid reputation as a leading pioneer in the rapidly expanding biodiesel industry. Its research and development division located in Salem, Oregon, has designed and built biodiesel plants from Hawaii to Maryland. PB is committed to the community - based biodiesel model and to our mission of promoting a clean, sustainable energy future through local production of renewable fuels.
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