Many times during the last few months I have found myself marveling at how much has changed in the plant.
As perhaps everyone who has taken on a large-scale project, there are moments where I wonder why I took on such a massive undertaking as building something so large in the face of the tremendous constraints required to successfully complete it. Of course, it is in large part the constraints under which the project must be completed that serve to increase the feeling of project magnitude. The plant is neither unimpressive in scale or quality of construction, and in truth is as much a demonstration of American ingenuity and craftsmanship as it is a demonstration of modern continuous-batch methyl ester processing facility construction.
My schedule has been further impacted since I have spent the last few weeks coordinating and consulting with a variety of potential clients seeking design and fabrication services or process analysis. There have also been more than a few internal Â mission-critical matters that have required my attention.
But, without a doubt, the most important duties are facing the challenges of maintaining team morale and focus while managing a budget that would make many, perhaps feeling that the project simply could not be completed, shake their heads and walk away. Making quality biodiesel is not an easy task.
The amazing thing about the team is that our faith, in the face of uncertainty, is winning the day. Given our individual personal and financial problems we endure and are able to maintain enough focus to finish mission critical tasks.
We don’t always get along. We aren’t all motivated by the same things. We share a common purpose. We’re building something awesome!
Make it a better place.