Tri-State Biodiesel breaks ground on Bridgeport refinery

By Crystal Kang

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A map of Bridgeport's plan for green jobs on the city's West End. A map of Bridgeport’s plan for green jobs on the city’s West End.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and officials from Tri-State Biodiesel on Friday celebrated the start of construction on the company’s new manufacturing and distribution center in the Eco-Technology Park on the city’s West End.

The Bronx, N.Y.-based biofuel company expects to create 25 jobs targeted toward low-income residents within the first two years of operation, according to a city press release announcing the groundbreaking.

“In Bridgeport, we believe that cities need to take leadership on going green for the sake of future generations,” Finch said in a statement. “And we’re winning the future by developing Eco-Technology Park – an incubator for business growth and home to hundreds of green jobs – with the support of successful companies like Tri-State Biodiesel.”

Tri-State Biodiesel will manufacture and distribute biodiesel fuel at the new refinery, built with funding from the National Development Council’s Grow America Fund. The NDC partnered with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation through a program designed to help small-business lenders foster job creation in low- and moderate-income communities.


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Crystal Kang
Crystal Kang, a Chicago native, is former a reporter for the Fairfield and Westchester business journals. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and her work has appeared in news outlets including, Allstate Corporation’s investor relations website, and an NPR-based radio station in Urbana, Ill.

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