Mason City, IA, July
19, 2010 - Governor Chet Culver
announced Friday that Flex Fuel U.S., a NIACC JPEC Incubator tenant, was
designated as an Innovative Energy Project and will receive $47,332. The
project will install 25 flex fuel conversion kits on vehicles owned and
operated by the Iowa Department of Transportation; Cerro Gordo County Sheriff;
and the Clear Lake, Charles City and Mason City police departments. In addition,
Flex Fuel U.S. will train North Iowa Area Community College students in the
installation of the fuel conversion equipment.
"This project fit perfectly
with NIACC’s mission due to beneficial training opportunities for our students
and economic growth prospects for our region,” said Dr. Deb Derr, NIACC
president. "We are thrilled to collaborate with Flex Fuel U.S.”
The Office of Energy
Independence (OEI) provides grants to pioneering energy projects that will
benefit a variety of organizations including community colleges, the Iowa State
Fair, Iowa-based businesses, the University of Iowa and state agencies. To fund
the projects, OEI will use money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment
"Collaboration with our
legislators and partners made this possible, helping us identify the
opportunity for Flex Fuel U.S.” Jamie Zanios, NIACC vice president for the John
Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Institutional Advancement, said.
With extensive backgrounds
in custom car building, high performance racing, and aftermarket sales, Flex
Fuel’s founders created a product that is innovative as well as high quality;
installation retains the automaker’s full factory warranty, enables older
vehicles to meet 2010 EPA tailpipe emission standards and permits economical
operation on any blend of gasoline and ethanol. Because of the ongoing
advancements in the ethanol manufacturing supply chain, ethanol blends save
energy and utilize renewable Iowa grown fuel sources. Recently, Flex Fuel U.S.
initiated a fleet test, converting 25 Chicago Police Ford Crown Victorias.www.flexfuelus.com.
national NACCE Innovation Award winning NIACC JPEC provides college level
courses and degree programs in entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive
consulting services for business start-ups, existing industries and owner
transitions in the North Iowa region. Space is available for
start-up businesses in the North Iowa Business Incubator. For more information,
contact the NIACC JPEC at 641-422-4111.