A Midwest biofuels enterprise that produces renewable ethanol has named a longtime leader to the organization’s top spot. Midwest AgEnergy Group (MAG) has named Jeff Zueger as its chief executive officer.
“I am excited to lead Midwest AgEnergy Group as their CEO. We have two excellent facilities and a fantastic team in place to enable continued success. I believe we are well positioned for long-term sustainability as we continue to improve, optimize and expand our business and industry,” said Zueger, who previously served as MAG’s chief operating officer.
MAG owns Blue Flint Ethanol, Underwood, N.D., commercialized in 2007, and Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, Spiritwood, N.D., commercialized in 2015. Both are 65 million-gallon-per-year ethanol biorefineries. MAG is owned by Great River Energy and other accredited investors, including ag producers and businesses.
Zueger is a 1993 graduate of North Dakota State University with B.S. in mechanical engineering. He worked for Great River Energy from 1993 to 2006 in engineering and operations at the cooperative’s two power plants in central North Dakota: Stanton Station and Coal Creek Station.
Zueger held the position of leader of generation and operations support when Great River Energy began to explore building an ethanol facility to utilize unused energy at Coal Creek Station. He became general manager for Blue Flint Ethanol in 2006 and led construction, startup and overall business activities.
In 2012, Zueger became chief operating officer for Midwest AgEnergy Group as the business prepared to build Dakota Spirit AgEnergy near Spiritwood, N.D. In that position, Zueger managed all aspects of the business for Midwest AgEnergy Group.
Blue Flint Ethanol and Dakota Spirit AgEnergy both purchase steam from adjacent power plants – Blue Flint Ethanol from Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station, and Dakota Spirit AgEnergy from Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station. Because of the inherent efficiencies of the combined heat and power configuration, the two ethanol biorefineries qualify for certification under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
More information is available at midwestagenergygroup.com.