Mansfield’s Ethanol Division, C&N Companies, Signs Three-year Marketing Agreement with Advanced Biofuels Producer Permeate Refining

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Three million gallon per year ethanol plant adds production capacity to C&N’s supply, marketing business in support of RFS2.

We are excited about Permeate’s current production capabilities, as well as their plans to expand their technology to plants nationwide that leverage local access to a wide range of feedstock.

Mansfield Oil Company announces the addition of Permeate Refining to its C&N Companies existing portfolio of ethanol marketing partnerships. Permeate Refining is an advanced biofuel producer that processes waste by-products, primarily de-lactose permeate. The company is expanding its capabilities to process waste streams from the citrus, sweetened beverage and beet pulp industries. Their proprietary technology develops the unique yeast strains needed to ferment a wide variety of waste stream feedstock. Currently producing fuel grade ethanol from lactose waste streams, the process was developed in conjunction with Permeate’s engineering partner, Advanced Process Solutions of Richmond, Va.

“This is our first relationship with an advanced biofuel plant that produces fuel ethanol from non-food feedstock, which also meets the new categories defined in the RFS2 guidelines. We believe a growing number of plants will be developed that can produce increasing quantities of biofuels from the widely distributed range of non-food feedstock. These facilities will be required to meet advanced biofuels and low carbon fuel standards. We are excited about Permeate’s current production capabilities, as well as their plans to expand their technology to plants nationwide that leverage local access to a wide range of feedstock,” said Douglas Haugh, EVP of Mansfield Oil.

Randy Less, General Manager for Permeate Refining stated, “We are very pleased to have selected C&N. Their transparent approach gives us the ability to manage and forecast our costs and margins and their access to a nationwide market consists of refiners and blenders in every region of the country. This gives us great confidence in their ability to secure the best customers for our products and ensure our access to nationwide markets as we continue to expand our network of production facilities.”

Jon Bjornstad, who founded C&N in 2000 with the goal of providing the top ethanol marketing program for independent and farmer-owned ethanol refiners added, “I’m excited about the technology approach proven by Permeate’s current production and believe that their success is a testament to the progress being made today by the ethanol industry to produce greater volumes of the advanced biofuels required under RFS2.”

About Mansfield Oil and C&N Companies
Ranked #83 by Forbes, Mansfield Oil defines the next generation of downstream oil company, delivering a disciplined approach to fuel services across all 50 states from over 900 supply points. Founded in 1957, the company has enjoyed double-digit growth for three decades. Mansfield Oil focuses on optimizing and controlling fuel-related costs with local service nationwide. C&N Companies has grown to represent over 500 million US gallons of ethanol production, along with 150 million gallons of biodiesel. This production comes from 11 different plants, from Indiana to Mexico. C&N is focused exclusively on the sales, logistics and regulatory reporting of renewable fuels across North America. C&N is headquartered in Bloomington, MN. For more information, visit

About Permeate Refining
Permeate Refining Inc. is located in Hopkinton, IA. Its current plant produces 3 million gallons of ethanol annually, which will be marketed both locally and nationally as a clean-burning, high-octane fuel additive.

About Advanced Process Solutions Inc.
Advanced Process Solutions Inc. is located in Richmond, VA. The firm is a leading engineering and technology provider with extensive experience in the process development of second generation ethanol producing technology including enzymatic cellulose conversion.


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