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Heartwell Renewables holds groundbreaking for Hastings renewable diesel plant

Heartwell Renewables holds groundbreaking for Hastings renewable diesel plant
Officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony held on November 3, 2022, Hans Kabat, Cargill; Spencer Haines, Loves; Hastings Mayor Cory Stutte; Kris Benson, Nebraska Department of Economic Development; Cicely Warden, Nebraska Department of Agriculture; Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley (photo courtesy Heartwell Renewables).

In the United States (US), Heartwell Renewables LLC, a unique joint venture between The Love’s Family of Companies and Cargill Inc. broke ground on its new renewable diesel processing facility, the only entity of its kind, in Hastings, Nebraska.

The new state-of-the-art facility is projected to have an annual production capacity of 80 million (US) gallons (≈ 303 million litres) of renewable diesel and will support the growing demand for green fuel products.

The Love’s Family of Companies is always looking for new and innovative ways to better serve customers. We are excited to partner with Cargill in the creation of this new state-of-the-art renewable diesel refinery, as we continue to invest in renewable fuel offerings to provide our customers access to sustainable fueling alternatives, said Spencer Haines, Chief Financial Officer, Love’s Family of Companies.

The company anticipates the project to be completed in the summer of 2024 and create over 60 new jobs.

We’re thrilled to become a part of the Hastings community and expand Cargill’s footprint in Nebraska. We see strong potential in the growth and competitiveness of the renewable diesel industry and look forward to bringing the strengths of both our companies to bear to achieve a high-quality product with an efficient supply chain process, said Hans Kabat, President of Cargill’s North America protein business.

The new Hastings facility is a first of its kind to both manufacture and distributes this fuel all the way to the retail pump.

With record-high gas prices in recent months, there’s never been a better time to tout the benefits of biofuels. Renewable fuels save drivers money at the pump, help clean up the environment by reducing toxic emissions, and strengthen our number one industry—agriculture—by creating demand for the crops and livestock our farm families grow. Renewable diesel represents an additional opportunity to use Nebraska corn oils, soybean oils, and animal fats to produce clean fuels for our nation’s energy supply. Congratulations to Heartwell Renewables for breaking ground on your new facility here in Hastings said Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley.

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