Vertex Energy names president of Renewable & Conventional Fuels
Vertex Energy, Inc., a leading specialty refiner and marketer of high-quality refined products based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A, has named Bart Rice as division president of Renewable and Conventional Fuels.
Rice, who joined Vertex in early 2020, brings 40 years of energy industry experience. Previously, he served in executive leadership roles with Rice Oil, Allied Energy Company, and Crystal Energy LLC. In addition, he was division president of Emerge Energy Services LP and joint venture partner with Lansing Trade Group and Andersons, Inc.
Rice was instrumental in creating supplemental revenue streams around renewables and conventional fuels, pioneering the blending of ethanol with gasoline, biodiesel manufacturing, environmental reclamation, and trans-mix distillation, including hydrotreating and pipeline terminal operations.
As president of Renewable and Conventional Fuels, Rice will lead the oversight of Vertex’s renewables strategy, including the commercial development of alternative feedstocks in the production of renewable diesel. In this role, he will lead an internal technical working group on the scoping and development of potential renewable diesel pre-treatment technology at the Myrtle Grove facility in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, U.S.A., while continuing to lead the marketing of renewable diesel, renewable feedstocks and transportation fuels.
With Rice stepping into this new role, Vertex Energy believes it will be well positioned to evaluate and address new ways to expand on the company’s core business, focused on marketing and producing high purity products designed to meet the nation’s emerging energy transition and future environmental demands.
About Vertex Energy
Vertex is one of the largest used oil refiners in the U.S., with operations located in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas; Marrero, Louisiana, and Columbus, Ohio. Vertex also co-owns a facility, Myrtle Grove, located on a 41-acre industrial complex along the Gulf Coast in Belle Chasse, with river and rail access, large wastewater treatment facility access and other infrastructure assets that include nine million gallons of storage. The company is a key supplier of Group II+ and Group III re-refined base oils in North America.