April 23, 2019
Faith Technologies Project Spotlight: Renewable Energy Group (REG)
Renewable Energy Group (REG) is the largest producer of biodiesel in the United States. Faith Technologies was proud to be involved in a rebuild and upgrade project for REG Madison, LLC, at their facility in the Village of DeForest, Wisconsin. Faith worked in partnership with general electrical contractor, Interstates Construction Services.
Faith has worked with the biodiesel plant in DeForest since it was built in 2007, and REG maintained the relationship when the company acquired the plant in March 2016. When a fire caused damage at the DeForest facility in 2017, Faith was asked to not only assist with their electrical rebuild, but also provide upgrades to the facility, with an additional 1500 amps. Faith’s scope of work also consisted of Class 1, Division 2 wiring and lighting, and acceptance installation and commissioning with upgrade of the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. In addition, Faith completed a fire alarm upgrade, as well as CCTV installation. Faith’s scope of work for the project was valued at nearly $1.5 million.
Another important component of this project was heat trace work for the facility piping. The biodiesel produced at this plant is a continuous flow process that requires regulated temperature to keep the fuel flowing.
During this project, Faith Technologies had up to 28 team members on site at a time. Because of the extensive work being done, it proved to be a valuable training opportunity for many of the employees, including members of Faith’s Automation and Process Controls (APC) team, who provided extensive tracking and commissioning of devices.
Because of the immediate nature of this project, there was a fast-track schedule to complete the work, with a majority of work occurring during cold winter months in outdoor conditions. Thanks to the efforts of each team member, the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, and most importantly, with zero safety incidents or injuries.
Faith Technologies is proud to be a “go-to” vendor for REG Madison’s electrical and system needs, and we congratulate them on their continued growth in the renewable fuels industry.