Ethanol Groups Help with New HBIIP Grants

Cindy Zimmerman

Trail’s Travel Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota was one of the recipients of grants announced Thursday as part of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP. They were helped out in the application process by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

“We would like to sincerely thank the Renewable Fuels Association and Cassie Mullen for their incredible support and guidance throughout the USDA HBIIP application process,” said Rocky Trail, owner of Trail’s Travel Center. “To our surprise and delight they handled almost every aspect of the process and at the end of the day because of their assistance we ultimately walked away with a winning application and were granted 100% of the funds we applied for. Because of their support, in the very near future Trail’s Travel Center, the largest truck stop in the state of Minnesota, will expand even further with the exciting addition of higher blends of ethanol.”

Listen to Trail’s comments at the announcement Thursday.
Rocky Trail, owner of Trail's Travel Center, Albert Lea, MN

Secretary Perdue also visited a Casey’s location in Ankeny, Iowa yesterday with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior Vice President and Market Development Director Ron Lamberty, who has been helping many retailers with the HBIIP application process, attended that event.

“ACE thanks Secretary Perdue for his leadership on HBIIP,” Lamberty said. “We were happy to play a part in helping several marketers work through the application process, including a long-time Nebraska retailer, who applied to add 11 more E15 and flex fuel sites, and to assist San Diego E85 wholesaler Pearson Fuels as they applied for HBIIP funds for 122 California retail E85 locations. We’re pleased both companies were approved to receive HBIIP funding.”

Sen Grassley and Secy Perdue announce HBIIP grants in Iowa
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