POET has defined the art of biorefining. We have grown from a single, humble refinery in Scotland, South Dakota, to one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol and other biorefined products. With products like our Dakota Gold distillers grains, Voila corn oil and INVIZ zein, we are using that same innovative spirit to develop natural, renewable food sources and alternatives to petrochemicals. We have an integrated business model that combines technology development with expertise in construction, operations, risk management and marketing. Our engineers and scientists have developed technology and processes through rigorous testing at POET’s laboratories and pilot-scale plant. While the scope of our vision has grown, we remain focused on reducing the reliance of the United States on foreign energy, to revitalizing global agriculture, and providing a cleaner, affordable alternative to fossil fuels. At POET, we believe our future looks so much brighter above the ground!
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- Industry Type:
- Energy - Renewable Energy
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
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POET got its start in 1987 when Jeff Broin and his family purchased a foreclosed ethanol plant in Scotland, SD where Jeff served as the plant’s General Manager. The facility quickly became a success which led to the development of dozens of production plants and the formation of several business entities that allow POET to operate a vertically integrated business system. He has led the organization to become a world leader in biofuels production and marketing.
Jeff has taken the initiative to actively promote renewable fuels by serving on several boards of directors and committees including his current role as Co-Chairman of Growth Energy.
Jeff is also strongly involved in charitable efforts outside the renewable fuels industry. In 2011, he created a foundation that supports Mission Greenfield which spreads agriculture technology throughout Africa. In addition, he established Mission Greenhouse, which is a multi-year project to grow a school for disadvantaged girls in Kenya, Africa. Moreover, he supports several other philanthropic projects in Africa, Haiti, and the United States.
Jeff's passions include God, family and business, in that order. His overall goal is to improve quality of life for current and future generations while improving our environment and our planet.