Springboard Biodiesel Opens Buyer's Club for Local Biodiesel Consumption

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Chico-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer, Springboard Biodiesel, continues to diversify with launch of local fuel sales.

Springboard Biodiesel production facility

"Ultimately, we plan to build a broad network of these 'micro-facilities', all of which are designed to provide competitively priced, cleaner burning biodiesel to local communities..."

Springboard Biodiesel, a leading provider of small-scale biodiesel processing systems, has announced the creation of a local biodiesel buyers club for interested individuals and companies in and around Butte County. The Company, which has been manufacturing and selling state-of-the-art biodiesel production equipment for nearly 6 years, was a recent recipient of a grant from the California Energy Commission. This grant enabled the Company to design and build a new and larger biodiesel production facility in Chico.

"With the help of the CEC and countless organizations in and around Butte County, Springboard is ready to produce ASTM-grade biodiesel in its new, state-of-the-art facility and enable businesses and individuals to enjoy the many benefits of burning biodiesel," said Springboard CEO Mark Roberts. "While our target market will remain primarily local, corporate and municipal consumers of diesel, who want to incorporate biodiesel into their fleets, we wanted to compliment that with a local buyers club."

Springboard will not have a traditional pump and go system, per the filling-station model, but will offer biodiesel club members the opportunity to buy quality biodiesel at competitive prices in prepared volumes of 10, 55 and 275 gallons.

The Company has long been recognized as a leader in the small-scale biodiesel production market, having sold almost 1,000 automated BioPro™ systems (50-100 gallon batch processors) throughout the US and internationally. Springboard intends this new, larger production system to create a complimentary market opportunity. "We believe that producing locally and consuming locally is a sustainable and profitable energy model that will benefit the local communities where our systems are located," says Roberts. "Ultimately, we plan to build a broad network of these 'micro-facilities', all of which are designed to provide competitively priced, cleaner burning biodiesel to local communities that have a natural and more easily accessible feedstock"

Working with Smart Alternative Fuels, a Redding-based used cooking oil collector, Springboard will be processing up to 350,000 of biodiesel annually in its first facility in Chico, CA. If individuals or companies are interested in either joining the Company's buyers club, or learning how they can buy larger volumes of locally produced biodiesel, they can visit the company's website to sign up http://www.springboardbiodiesel.com/buyers-club or call the company directly at 530.894.1793.

Roberts continued, "It's exciting to bring this alternative to Butte County. We have a relatively large diesel fleet, and by replacing some of that diesel, we can create a viable new market with new green collar jobs, as well as contribute to the reduction of the area's carbon footprint."

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