Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (April 14, 2021) — Tom Pierson has been promoted to General Manager at POET Biorefining – Chancellor in Chancellor, South Dakota. Pierson started his career at POET in 2020 as the plant's Commodity Manager and has grown into his role in both responsibility and leadership, earning him the promotion of General Manager.
"I am excited to transition into the General Manager role at POET Biorefining – Chancellor. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally with this team. They are a talented, hard-working group of individuals, and I look forward to continuing to work together toward POET's mission."
As General Manager, Pierson will oversee all operations at the Chancellor plant, POET's second-largest bioprocessing facility. He will oversee the plant's production of bioethanol and other coproducts and will lead a team of 60 people, including financial, commodities, operations, maintenance, inventory, material handling, and EHS roles.
Bart Plocher, Chancellor's previous General Manager, was promoted to a company-wide role as Director of Quality Control. He will report to POET's headquarters in Sioux Falls.
POET Biorefining – Chancellor purchases approximately 35 million bushels of locally grown corn and has a production capacity of 110 million gallons of bioethanol annually and produces 56,000 tons of premium Dakota Gold® dried distillers grains with soluble.
Chancellor is unique because it can produce energy used at the plant through a solid waste fuel boiler. The fuel boiler utilizes several hundred tons of woodwaste chips each day and captures and utilizes methane gas, a natural byproduct from the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill. These efforts represent an opportunity to produce renewable energy from recycled fuel sources, creating a win-win for the city of Sioux Falls and the Chancellor facility.