Clean Air for Ohio Businesses and Communities

A Message from the Executive Director
Dear Friends,
With the approach of the cooler days of fall, Ohio businesses and consumers alike focus on ways to conserve energy use to save money and resources. OAQDA offers financing to help businesses meet energy efficiency goals.
This issue of AirFocus profiles Ohio companies that are working to protect the environment for their employees and communities by becoming clean air facilities with help from OAQDA. Projects include:
  • Expansion of ethanol production at a bio-refinery for POET Biorefining;
  • Construction of a waste collection vehicle repair facility for Rumpke of Ohio; and,
  • Four small businesses approved for financing through the Clean Air Resource Center.
We salute these businesses and encourage you to learn more about these projects and other efforts to preserve clean air in Ohio at .
Chadwick I. Smith
Executive Director
Rumpke of Ohio, POET Biorefining Receive OAQDA Financing Approval for Expansion Projects
OAQDA Approved Rumpke to Build New Vehicle Repair Facility with OAQDA Financing
Rumpke of Ohio, located in Hamilton County, was approved for up to $16 million to construct a repair facility for the primary servicing of waste-collecting vehicles.  The proposed building is an 82,557 sq. ft. major repair facility contiguous to the sanitary landfill.  The facility will help maintain and extend the useful life of the company's growing fleet of alternative fuel and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.  

The new facility will contain welding, grinding, sand-blasting, power washing and painting operations as well as  repair, maintain and clean containers used in waste collection. Construction of the building is expected to be complete at the end of 2017.

POET Biorefining Launches Major Expansion of Marion Refinery
POET, the largest ethanol prod ucer in the country, producing more than 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol per year received approval from OAQDA for $30 million in financing for expansion of its Marion County facility to enable ethanol production capacity to increase from nearly 70 million gallons to 150 million gallons per year. In addition, the production of dried distillers' grains would increase to approximately 360,000 tons per year. Learn more about the project. 

POET operates 28 plants in seven states in the US.  These plants consume approximately 570 million bushels of corn and, as a byproduct, produce close to five million tons of distillers' dried grains utilized as high protein animal feed.  POET currently operates three biorefineries in Ohio employing approximately 150 people.

The company originally commissioned the bio-refinery in 2006, and the plant has been in continuous operation since its start-up in 2008. The expansion would boost POET's purchase of locally-sourced corn to double the current rate, increasing to more than 49 million bushels annually.

Notable CARC Projects
Hartzell Hardwoods Replaces Old Boiler Thanks to CARC Financing
A 140-year-old Miami County producer of high end lumber was approved by OAQDA for up to $3.1 million in financing. See full article here.
Toledo Area Transportation Company Approved for up to $150,000 in Clean Air Facility Financing from OAQDA
OAQDA recently approved up to $150,000 in financing from CARC for an Ohio-based commercial bus transportation company. See full article here

Victory Machine and Fabrication Aims to Achieve Clean Air Goals with OAQDA Financing
A Shelby County precision machining, millwrighting and custom metal fabrication services company was approved this summer by OAQDA for up to $45,000 in financing from CARC. See full article here
OAQDA Approves Financing for Lorain County Dry Cleaner
OAQDA approved up to $50,000 in financing from CARC for Ridge Cleaners, an Avon Lake dry cleaning business, to improve air quality. See full article here.

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