Two Missouri biofuels plants stop production

Two Missouri biofuels plants have ceased production, one of them filing for voluntary bankruptcy and the other getting hit with an involuntary bankruptcy petition.

Three creditors claiming to be owed a total of $1.01 million petitioned Tuesday to place Northwest Missouri Biofuels LLC of St. Joseph in Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

And the parent company of a southwest Missouri biofuels plant, Renewable Environmental Solutions of Carthage, Mo., sought Chapter 11 protection Wednesday in New York.

Northwest Missouri Biofuels shut down its operations in October but had planned to resume them this year. The company, which makes biodiesel primarily from animal fat, completed an expansion last year that it said increased production capacity to 15 million gallons of biodiesel per year.

Officials of the company could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Last year Northwest Missouri Biofuels and a related company, Progressive Energies Inc., were fined a total of $202,500 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a fatality at the St. Joseph plant.