October 01, 2014
News

Latest Headlines

Legislatures Majority Caucus partners with Rite-Aid for Community Flu Clinics

Honorees announced for the 57th Hillery Foundation Dinner

Jacobs launches online reservation system for auto bureau

Buffalo Bike Ride to kick off Allentown Fall Festival

Majority Caucus opposes recommendation 
for salary increases for elected officials

Kiwanis Aktion Clubs of WNY to host annual regional conference

Improve the quality of the North Tonawanda community

North Tonawanda History Museum seeks volunteers

Canisius College Archives Speakers Series welcomes Joseph M. Hassett

ACTS stages 'Last Mass at St. Casimir's'

Marilla Kiwanis hosts annual dinner

BY: Metro Source Staff | December 27, 2012

ALDEN - At a recent meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Marilla, the invited guests were members of the Rural and Urban Business People in Marilla. This is an annual dinner that the club holds to honor these residents of the town.

A punch and appetizer social before dinner was organized by Lynne Parry and Joyce Cullen. Chairmen of the event Dan Handy and Dave Weaver presented Michael Sawyer as the featured speaker for the program,

Sawyer is a co-founder, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Western New York Energy, LLC, a 50 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Shelby, NY, which produces ethanol gasoline from corn.

Since many farmers in Marilla produce corn, this was thought to be a timely topic for those in attendance.

Prior to beginning his work with Western New York Energy in early 2005, Sawyer had experience in business planning, corporate finance and sales operations roles for Rochester area companies including Celltech Pharmaceuticals, Frontier Corporation and Harris Corp.

Sawyer spoke of the production process and the impact of ethanol production in WNY. Their facility was completed in 2007 at a cost of $90 million and was the first plant like this in the northern-eastern United States.

He stated that they produce various items such as fuel grade ethanol, grain to be used in beverages and food production processes.

Ethanol added to fuel helps by enhancing the octane of fuel and also improves automobile performance, while it decreases the price of gasoline and decreases dependency on foreign oil.

The WNY energy plant runs with a very high efficiency emission control system.

A question and answer period followed the program and many questions were presented and answered.

Club President Jerry Weitz thanked all for attending and it was agreed that the dinner provided by the Whistle Stop Restaurant was excellent.

The next meeting of the club will be a board of directors meeting at 630 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the Whistle Stop.

For information on membership or meeting attendance, please call 652-7608.

Add your Comments
Subject
Comments
Submit

Be the first to Comment