About Midlands Biofuels
Midlands Biofuels was formed in September of 2008 and is a locally owned and operated recycling company located in Winnsboro, SC. We began as home brewers and decided to develop our passion for alternative fuels into a sustainable recycling business. We produce Biodiesel using Waste Vegetable Oils (WVO) generated from the food service industry and we provide specialized services and products for restaurants and other oil green collection companies. Our mission is to increase the availability of alternative fuels in South Carolina and create sustainable green jobs in the biofuels industry.
Since 2008, we have produced 2.5 Million Gallons of Biodiesel from waste grease thus reducing our need for foreign oil in SC. We have created 13 jobs and trained over 30 interns about the biodiesel industry. Without your waste grease none of this would be possible.
Fueling SC's future one gallon of nasty waste grease at time.
Pictured above is Co-owners BioJoe Renwick (Left) and Brandon Spence (Right) standing with their new 250GPM BioDiesel Blending Skid (Back Ground). Which is the only one of its kind in the South East!
We offer waste oil collection services free of charge to local schools, correctional facilities, restaurants and other commercial food producers and then convert that used oil into biodiesel which is available for customers in the Columbia, SC market.
In addition to our biodiesel we are working with area schools to educate the public about recycling and alternative fuels as well as developing new and efficient methods of producing biodiesel on a local level.
Midlands Biofuels is privately owned and operated by 2 partners who bring a wealth of skills and experience to the business.
Joe Renwick, Founder and Process Engineer- A 2001 Citadel graduate, has spent most of his professional life running his own businesses. While working in the Biotech equipment sales industry he developed a passion for biodiesel and a knowledge of pumps, tanks, and valves. Joe has devoted the past 3 years to researching, engineering and building a small scale high efficiency biodiesel production facility. He has worked with NASA engineers to develop the first Boilerless TechnologyTM heating system in the industry, as well as an increased efficiency methanol recovery system for their plant. Joe has been accredited as both the SC Steps to STEM Mentor and Apprenticeship Carolina Mentor which was the first green apprenticeship program in the state. Joe has presented at numerous industry forums discussing their company and the technology they have developed.
Becky Spence, Controler- Becky graduated from the College of Charleston in 2000 and has spent the last 6 years providing Logistics support to the US Army and the SC emergency management field. As a homegrown environmentalist, she supports MBF in the front office by researching and becoming an expert in Renewable Fuels tax policies and fuel manufacturing accounting.
Elizabeth Renwick, BioChemist- Graduated Clemson University in 2001 with honors in Biochemistry and graduated from USC School of Medicine in 2005. She also oversees MBF laboratory operations and quality control analysis for both incoming feedstock and finished product Biodiesel.
Erwin Renwick, "Mr. Fix It"- Joe's Father and Jack of All Trades. Erwin keeps everything in working order. In addition, Erwin assists in plant process design and refinement, detailed technical work, and has a deep knowledge base from which to draw. His 64 years of practical experience in areas such as: the Army as a Motor Sgt., architect, owner of multiple businesses, marketing, construction, mechanic, and other experiences give him a unique skill set that has proven invaluable to the company.
We believe there is a real opportunity to produce biodiesel from local resources and help build the infrastructure for South Carolina's future biodiesel demands.
Midlands Biofuels future goals include developing alternative fuels education opportunities by working with local schools and universities to develop new production methods and testing standards for the state of South Carolina. Our plan for long term growth is to build several biodiesel plants strategically located around the state. We believe our business model is the most economically efficient model for making biodiesel available to the Midlands area of South Carolina. We have also developed a network around our business that we believe will be able to influence the future of biodiesel in the state of South Carolina and beyond.
Midlands Biofuels Summer 2010 Interns (left to right, Tyler Bahnmuller, Caleb Garrison and Antonio Negrete)
Pictured above (L to R): Zan "The Bio Man" Levy, Jason Hubbard (USC Intern), Antonio Negrete (Production Assistant), Vanessa Yiannikauros (USC Intern, bottom right) and Abby Horn (USC Intern, top right)
Our resource partners include the South Carolina Biomass Council and the University of South Carolina.