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Fluid Quip Process Technologies® to Provide Engineering for Second Flint Hills Resources Protein System


Fluid Quip Process Technologies® (FQPT) announces today that
they will provide detailed engineering for a proposed second Maximized
Stillage Co-products (MSC™) system for Flint Hills Resources®.
The announcement comes as construction nears completion on an MSC system
at the Flint Hills Resources Fairmont, Neb., ethanol plant.

The MSC system produces high-value protein animal feed from a portion of
the distillers grains produced during the ethanol making process. The
completion of the Fairmont Flint Hills Resources project marks the
fourth FQPT MSC system operating worldwide.

"Flint Hills Resources has been a great partner throughout the design
and construction of the Fairmont MSC system, and we are excited they are
looking at the technology for additional facilities," says Michael
Franko, Vice President of Business Development for FQPT.

"The Flint Hills Resources Ingredients group has done a great job
exploring and developing the market for the MSC protein product, which
they brand as NexProprotein ingredient. The interest in
a second MSC installation demonstrates the positive outlook their group
is seeing for the worldwide demand for the product," adds Franko.

Flint Hills Resources has already begun marketing NexPro™ to the
aquaculture, pet food, swine and poultry industries as a high quality
and cost-effective protein feed ingredient alternative.

"Demand for protein in the world is growing," said Mark Murphy, general
manager of ingredients marketing at Flint Hills Resources. "NexPro is a
combination of corn protein and spent yeast. The combination contains
about 50 percent protein and contains elevated levels of amino acids
such as lysine, which is essential for growth animals. With its
excellent protein content and improved amino acid profile, NexPro is a
great alternative to traditional feed ingredients like soybean meal and
corn gluten meal."

FQPT developed the patented MSC technology as an innovative solution for
dry mill ethanol plants to enhance their co-product streams. The MSC
bolt-on technology produces a 50 percent purity protein product that
trades in the alternative high-value protein market and is a unique
blend of spent brewer's yeast and corn gluten meal.

The protein has shown great success in the pet food, aqua, dairy,
poultry, and swine markets. The MSC system allows ethanol facilities to
diversify their product offerings and take advantage of a reliable
manufactured revenue stream to balance income from the ethanol process,
which is currently at risk of legislative change.

"The ethanol industry is highly competitive, and producers are looking
for innovative ways to squeeze more value out of every kernel of corn
than ever before," said Todd Svihovec, ventures and capital projects
director at Flint Hills Resources. "MSC technology provides an
innovative pathway for dry mill ethanol plants to upgrade DDGS streams
to produce a higher valued product. We believe protein will continue to
be a major value driver in our industry, and we are exploring options
for growing our high protein production capabilities beyond the Fairmont

About FQPT

Fluid Quip Process Technologies® is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
and has provided technologies for more than 1.3 billion gallons per year
of biofuels production. FQPT was founded on the extensive experience and
knowhow within the corn wet milling, ethanol and related ag production
industries. The engineering and technical leadership team have been
developing and implementing new technologies and process solutions
applicable to the biofuels and biochemical markets for more than 30
years. FQPT has commercialized multiple patented and patent-pending
technologies to enhance the base corn-to-ethanol dry grind process,
create new and novel alternative co-products, and supply the growing
need for carbohydrate feed stocks into the biochemical market. More
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