Nominations open for 2018 Ethanol Producer Awards

By Tim Albrecht | March 12, 2018

Ethanol Producer Magazine, in conjunction with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, has opened nominations for the 2018 Ethanol Producer Awards. In addition to the FEW’s longstanding industry accolades—The Award of Excellence and The High-Octane Award—we’re expanding our showcase of industry honors by recognizing ethanol plants in the following areas:

The Good Neighbor Award—Nominees should be active participants in charitable giving, volunteerism, public outreach, consumer or student education, or other forms of civic involvement. Nominees for this award support local causes and impact their community positively through service and support.

Board of the Year—This award is presented to an ethanol plant board of directors, or executive management team, that has benefitted from exemplary direction, planning and fiduciary oversight. Candidates will include teams that have made significant capital investment decisions, diversified, expanded or otherwise improved their operations through informed business management.

Workplace of the Year— Ethanol plants nominated strive for a high level of employee wellness, compensation and job satisfaction. Nominees should have good safety records, top-notch training, cultures of open communication, low employee turnover and regular opportunities for professional advancement.

Project of the Year— Nominees for Project of the Year award include ethanol plants that have completed construction on a major capital project in the past 12 months, including greenfield ethanol facilities, plant expansions, bolt-on technologies and ethanol-related infrastructure. Candidates for this award should briefly describe the elements of their project that make it worthy of recognition, including the project’s approximate budget and timeline.

Collaboration of the Year— Candidates include ethanol producer or vendor technology partnerships—from product trials to demonstration-scale technology testing—that have resulted in notably successful outcomes. Nominators should describe how and why the collaboration materialized, investments necessary to fund the work, and any relevant design, engineering, fabrication and construction, either on or off site. Finally, please explain the results of the collaboration, next steps, potential challenges, and its potential impact on the ethanol industry.

All ethanol producers—staff, management and board members—are welcome and encouraged to nominate plants for these awards. You may nominate your own facility or another facility. However, please do not nominate groups of facilities or entire multi-plant ethanol production companies; individual ethanol plants within groups must be named. Nominations are due by March 30. Producers can submit nominations here.

Award winners will be selected by Ethanol Producer Magazine’s editorial staff and advisory board. Award winners will be featured in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine and prominently recognized during the general session of the 2018 FEW in Omaha, Nebraska