Maine Standard Biofuels Celebrates Eight Year Anniversary
Maine Standard Biofuels (MSBF), a local renewable energy company that manufactures premium biodiesel for vehicle and home heating use, is celebrating its 8-year anniversary in Portland.
MSBF was founded in 2006 by Jarmin Kaltsas and has become the premier local producer of biodiesel in New England. To date, MSBF has produced 1.2 million gallons of premium biodiesel that has been used in Portland and beyond.
Maine Standard Biofuels collects used kitchen oil from over 1,000 Portland and area restaurants and then processes the oil into a high quality biodiesel that can be used in any diesel engine including passenger vehicles, large trucks, farming tractors and even boats. In addition to vehicles, biodiesel can replace heating oil as well.
Derek McIntosh, Jarmin Kaltsas, Dan Johnson, Nick Mavodones, Alex Pine, Jennifer Brennan, Neal Allen, and Ed Suslovic at the press conference February 24th.
Nick Mavodones, Operations Manager for Casco Bay Lines said, “We’ve had a relationship with MSBF since last spring. We looked at whether using biodiesel in our ferries was a good move and we are now using a B20 (20%) mix in our ferries since last summer. The relationship has been great and it’s a great product. Some of MSBF’s customers (for grease collection) are on the waterfront and it’s good to know what’s powering our boats is coming from just down the Street.”
A growing number of local companies are using biodiesel in their fleets including: Oakhurst Dairy, Casella, Atlantic Transport Systems, and Casco Bay Lines among others.
Dan Johnson with Casella Waste said, “We’ve had a very good experience with MSBF. They deliver a superior product, while employing residents of Maine.”