POET CEO wins ethanol “High Octane Award”

Jeff Broin recognized at Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in St. Louis, Mo.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

POET CEO Jeff Broin speaks at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 15 after receiving the "High Octane Award" from BBI International.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (June 15, 2010) – POET CEO Jeff Broin was recognized today for his role in helping develop the ethanol industry into a significant force in the national transportation fuel market.

Broin received the “High Octane Award” from BBI International at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in St. Louis, Mo. The award, established in 2000, recognizes “a person whose passion and unstoppable pursuits have significantly benefited the ethanol industry.”

Broin entered the industry 22 years ago when his family purchased their first ethanol plant in Scotland, S.D. Today, POET has 26 plants in seven states across the Midwest and produces 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol per year.

In presenting the award, Tom Bryan, Vice President of BBI International said that Broin’s accomplishments were emblematic of the award, adding: “the continuous mission to grow this industry is what [Jeff Broin] is all about.”

Broin said he was honored to be recognized by his peers in the industry. “This award means a lot to me because this is more than just a job to me. It’s a real passion,” he said.

“Although this award was given to me, I really need to give the credit … to the team at POET who make me look good every day,” Broin said.

About POET
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 22-year-old company produces more than 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol and 9 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed annually from 26 production facilities nationwide. POET also operates a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit

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