Range Fuels hires VeraSun's Biehle

Colorado-based Range Fuels Inc. has named Kevin Biehle to the position of vice president of production. Biehle moved from a similar position at VeraSun Energy Corp., where he was responsible for plant operations for two 100 MMgy ethanol plants. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at BASF Corp.

Range Fuels received a $76 million grant from the U.S. DOE and recently filed permit applications for its first cellulosic ethanol plant in Treutlen County, Ga., that will use wood residues and waste as a feedstock. CEO Mitch Mandich said Biehle's expertise in plant operations and production will help the company to achieve its goal of being the first to reach commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production.