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Piedmont Biofuels names Rudolf new Executive Director

Posted Monday, May 8, 2006

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Moncure, NC – Piedmont Biofuels, a biodiesel cooperative in Chatham County, NC, has announced that Matthew Rudolf has joined the team as the new Executive Director.

Matt is a native of Chapel Hill, NC. Matt spent the last year and a half working on his own biodiesel projects in Guatemala where he founded the organization Combustibles Ecológicos and worked with rural communities on local fuel production and use.

He was successfully recruited at the National Biodiesel Board Annual Convention in San Diego in February, and after completing the Biodiesel Production Technology program at the University of Idaho, he moved to Pittsboro to take over the Executive Director role.

Matt has been involved in sustainable development and renewable energy since he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and moved back to the area in 2003. When he first heard about vegetable oil based fuels he immediately purchased a 1985 Volkswagen Jetta which he promptly converted to run on straight vegetable oil. Matt has been a vocal proponent of vegetable oil based fuels ever since.

Matt brings a wealth of experience and contacts to Piedmont Biofuels. He has led and participated in numerous biodiesel workshops, lectures, and conferences in Central America and in the United States. He has worked with many grassroots biodiesel groups, and continues to argue for sustainable energy in North Carolina and Latin America.

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