HERO BX Company Overview
Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC d/b/a HERO BX is engaged in the production and marketing of biodiesel at the Company’s facility located in Erie, Pennsylvania.
HERO BX is managed by Erie Management Group, LLC and is owned by Black Family Holdings, LP. The Company was formed in September 2005 and began construction of its production facility in June 2006. HERO BX produced its first ASTM D6751 approved biodiesel on November 29, 2007.
The Company has constructed a 45 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel plant that is designed to produce biodiesel from vegetable oils, animal fats or a multi-feedstock blend. The Company’s biodiesel plant is equipped with Desmet Ballestra designed continuous flow technology.
The Company’s facility features a proprietary filtration system and pretreatment facility that became operational in March 2008 followed shortly by a fatty acid stripper. The Company’s pretreatment facility and fatty acid stripper allow for utilization of multiple feedstocks as economics and quality specifications dictate. The flexibility with regard to feedstock situates HERO BX in an advantageous position versus biodiesel plants whose economics are directly tied to price and availability of a single feedstock.
HERO BX has achieved BQ-9000 accreditation as a producer and marketer from the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission. To receive this accreditation, the Company passed a rigorous review and inspection of its quality control processes by an independent auditor. HERO BX has a state of the art on-site laboratory to ensure adherence to the strict specifications of ASTMD6751 and EN14214 quality specifications. The laboratory has opened its doors to outside revenue generation as a certified commercial laboratory.
The plant’s location on the shore of Lake Erie provides excellent access to road, rail and sea transportation. It is located within 500 miles of many of the major diesel and heating oil markets in the Northeastern United States and Canada.
With an eye on the future, HERO BX continues its plan to evolve, and continue to be involved, with community and world health, environmental conditions, and employee and process safety.