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What does GBL manufacture?
Green Biologics Ltd. is an industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals company that will manufacture biobutanol, acetone, butyric acid and derivatives products from renewable carbon sources such as wood and forest residues, temperate prairie grasses, bagasse, corn stover, green bio-waste, sweet sorghum, corn and sugar beets. We are also an advanced biofuels company. We will market biobutanol as an advanced biofuel for aviation and ground transportation fuels.
Where are GBL facilities located?
GBL is based out of Abingdon, Oxfordshire U.K. where we have offices and laboratories. We also have lab and pilot plant facilities in Gahanna, Ohio in the greater Columbus metro area. We have a corporate office in Ashland, Virginia in the greater Richmond metro area.
How many employees does the company have?
GBL currently has less than 40 employees, excluding consultants and contract employees who often work for us nearly full time. Most of our employees are involved in R&D or pilot plant production. Many have PhD's or MSc's.
How long has GBL been in business?
GBL was founded in 2003. In December 2011, we merged with a leading U.S. biobutanol company, butylfuel™ Inc. (BF). BF was founded in 1991 as Environmental Energy Inc. by David Ramey. In 2007, the company name was changed to butylfuel™ Inc. to reflect a new focus on biobutanol as a renewable biofuel. We now operate globally under the GBL name.
What new products is GBL interested in?
Our core products are C4 chemicals such as butyric acid and biobutanol, and a co-product to biobutanol, acetone. Butanol is used extensively in paints, coatings and adhesives as both a solvent and a feedstock to derivative products used as solvents and monomers. Butyric acid is used in plastics, and as a health additive in animal feeds. Long term, our technology platform has the potential to manufacture a wide range of acids and alcohols.
What types of jobs will GBL need in the future?
As we accelerate our technology development, we see a need for additional resources in R&D and engineering/plant scale up, as well as business development, accounting and administrative. We are an industrial biotechnology company, and we anticipate staffing needs in microbiology, chemistry and chemical engineering in particular. As we initiate construction of our first facility, we will begin staffing operationally with plant production personnel and management.
What skills and educational backgrounds are required?
We are a high performance, team-based organization. We're looking for solid team players who share our vision of a green economy powered by technology, sustainable chemistry and biotechnology, and a strong desire to leave our earth in better shape than we found it. Team skills are important, along with an ability to communicate, and a desire to help carry the vision of GBL to fruition. Solid skills in your fundamental career area are extremely important (e.g. engineering, microbiology, chemistry). Most of our new hires will hold PhD's or MSc degrees; technician positions require B.S. degrees.