Big Donation Helps Support Rail Safety In Iowa

Big Donation Helps Support Rail Safety In Iowa

Ethanol maker Flint Hills Resources support statewide funding for Operation Lifesaver.

Flint Hills Resources has made a $5,000 donation to support the Iowa chapter of Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting railroad safety through its educational programs, including presentations to local schools, community groups, truck drivers and industrial facilities that rely heavily on the rail industry. The mission of Operation Lifesaver is educating Iowa communities about safe practices and how to prevent injuries, collisions and fatalities on or near railroad tracks.

At the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Flint Hills Resources presented a $5,000 donation to support the Iowa chapter of Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting railroad safety. Picture from left: Todd Benton, plant manager FHR Menlo; Al Haubrich, Operation Lifesaver; Francis Edeker, Operation Lifesaver; Ryan Edeker, FHR Iowa Falls

"Railroads are an essential part of the Iowa economy, which is why we always need to make rail safety a priority and work together as a community to ensure proper awareness," said Todd Benton, plant manager at the Flint Hills Resources Menlo ethanol plant. "Operation lifesaver is a great champion of rail safety throughout Iowa. We're pleased support their important work."

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit organization that teaches Iowa residents how to be safe around railroad tracks. This is one of the largest corporate donations for Operation Lifesaver in Iowa. Because much of the Flint Hills ethanol plants' daily operations rely on the safe transport of products to and from its facilities, promoting safety around these rail lines is a priority.

If you see railroad tracks, think train and safety!
In addition to financial support, Flint Hills Resources also helped Operation Lifesaver purchase a model ethanol plant to be used in rail safety demonstrations. The model ethanol plant is part of a larger model rail system being showcased at a number of events this year including the "See tracks? Think train!" display at the Iowa State Fair.

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"We are so grateful for Flint Hills Resources' generous support," said Francis Edeker, state coordinator for Iowa Operation Lifesaver. "Their financial contribution will help us keep Iowa residents safe. We value these opportunities to partner with businesses that share our same commitment to rail safety."

About Flint Hills Resources: Flint Hills Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, is a leading refining, biofuels and grain processing company. Its subsidiaries market products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, ethanol, biodiesel, liquefied natural gas, olefins, polymers and intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils and asphalt. 

Flint Hills Resources operates ethanol plants in Iowa at Arthur, Fairbank, Iowa Falls, Menlo and Shell Rock, and at Fairmont, Neb. The plants have a combined annual capacity of 650 million gallons of ethanol production. The company has also made equity investments in bioenergy companies working to innovate and optimize biofuel production.

The refining business operates refineries in Minnesota (Rosemount) and Texas (Corpus Christi), with a combined crude oil processing capacity of more than 600,000 barrels per day. The petrochemical business includes production facilities in Illinois, Michigan and Texas. The asphalt business produces and markets product in the Midwest and Alaska. A subsidiary owns an interest in a lubricants base oil facility in Louisiana.

About Operation Lifesaver, Inc.: Operation Lifesaver's mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights of way. A national network of trained volunteers provides free presentations on rail safety. Learn more at the OLI website; follow OLI on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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