SARNIA, Ontario - The Board of Directors of the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) has taken a major step in completing its business plan. The Board is pleased to welcome Brian Cofell to the team as General Manager.
Reporting to the CSPC Board, Brian will lead the efforts to complete the equity campaign and then prepare for the first harvest to be completed in 2018. CSPC requires farmer’s investment and contracts to allow it to harvest 55,000 acres of corn stover and wheat straw. In partnership with Comet Biorefining CSPC is investing in a processing plant that will produce high quality dextrose (sugar) in Sarnia, as previously announced.
“The directors determined that we have reached the point where it is time to hire our first full-time employee” stated Board President Dave Park. “Brian is an excellent candidate with the experience and qualifications to not only attract the balance of the members we need but also to lead our operations long into the future.”
“We are very excited that Brian has joined CSPC, and look forward to working with him and the rest of the CSPC team as we advance our commercial plant in Sarnia,” said Rich Troyer, Chief Executive Officer of Comet Biorefining.
Born and raised on the family farm in Chatham-Kent, Brian Cofell proudly operates this century farm. He is a graduate of the Ridgetown College and for over 20 years has worked in agribusiness in various positions of increasing responsibility. His work experience along with his passion for farming gives him a unique perspective on not only the needs of the members of CSPC but also the logistics that need to be in place for the overall business to be successful.
Besides his professional experience Brian is an active member of the local community. He has been Board Chair of Kenesserie camp and President of the Golden Acres Curling Club. He can often be seen at a soccer pitch or gymnastics club, encouraging the accomplishments of his children. When time permits Brian and his family also enjoy the activities along the shores of Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay.
“It is exciting for me to be a part of this startup venture and help bring the vision of the co-op founding members to life. As a farmer myself, I see the opportunity for our farmer owners to support the profitability of their operations along with contributing to the broader economic benefits that this business will create” commented Brian Cofell in accepting this new position.
CSPC is an Ontario-based farmer’s co-operative that strives to develop new markets for crop residue materials and new business opportunities. By extracting cellulosic sugars from crop residues, farmers can explore new markets without having to compete for land. CSPC wants to establish a market in Ontario that puts a value on corn stover that will generate higher profits per hectare. For more information, visit http://www.cspcoop.com.
About Comet Biorefining
Comet Biorefining is a leading provider of sustainable, high-quality, cost-competitive cellulosic dextrose technology for applications in renewable biochemicals and biofuels. In February 2016, Comet Biorefining announced the construction of a 60 million pounds per year commercial sugar plant. The company plans to build, own and operate its own plants and will strategically license its technology to select partners on a worldwide basis. For more information, visithttp://www.cometbiorefining.com