Founded in 1987, we have grown from a single, humble bioprocessing facility in Scotland, South Dakota to the world’s largest producer of biofuel and a global leader in sustainable bioproducts. Today we are headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with 34 bioprocessing facilities across the midwest and nearly 2,400 team members. Our integrated business model combines research and development with expertise in design and construction, technology, operations, public affairs, and marketing.
The same spirit of ingenuity that helped us to pioneer an industry is alive and well today. POET nurtures an unceasing commitment to innovating powerful, practical solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Our world-class team of researchers and engineers works to unleash the regenerative power of agriculture by creating plant-based alternatives to petrochemicals, like bioethanol, distillers grains, corn fermented protein, distillers corn oil, biogenic CO2 and dry ice, purified alcohol, and asphalt rejuvenator. Today, POET holds more than 80 patents worldwide and continues to break new ground in biotechnology, yielding ever-cleaner and more efficient renewable products and energy.
While the size of our business and scope of our vision have evolved, we remain focused on reducing our dependence on fossil-based products, revitalizing global agriculture, and creating a brighter world for generations to come.
Our vision is to live in a world with natural balance. Where we no longer take from the Earth, but rather use its enormous ability to regenerate.
Where we are no longer dependent on fossil fuels, but rather rely on the power of nature and the genius of the human spirit.
Where farmers are the creators, and innovators are the heroes.
Where we use the resources given to us in ways we believe God intended.
Our mission is to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible.
Founder & CEO
Jeff Broin is the founder and CEO of POET, the world’s largest biofuel producer. He is a recognized innovator, entrepreneur, agriculturalist, philanthropist, and advocate for the biofuels industry. For more than 35 years, Broin has worked to advance the role of renewable biofuels and bioproducts in addressing national and global issues surrounding agriculture, human health, and climate change.
Broin holds a firm, longstanding belief that our world can grow much of what it needs from the surface of the Earth. That mission has grown the biofuels and bioproducts sector – generating demand for America’s farmers, stimulating worldwide economic growth, and positioning agriculture to be a leading solution to the climate crisis.
He has received several notable awards and recognition, including BIO’s George Washington Carver Award, the Biofuels Digest Global Bioeconomy Leadership Award, an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from South Dakota State University, and induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. Additionally, POET has been named to FORTUNE’s “Change the World” list and Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list for its continued advancements in biotechnology with Broin at the helm.
As the founding chairman of Growth Energy, Broin led the nation’s largest biofuel trade association for over a decade and established a long-term partnership with NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing. In 2023 Broin joined Childress as co-owner of the Carolina Cowboys Professional Bull Riding Team, with #3 NASCAR driver Austin Dillon serving as Team General Manager.
Broin’s passion for changing the world extends far beyond the company’s walls through POET’s many philanthropic endeavors. POET works with a variety of meaningful causes and local community organizations to support those in need. Additionally, Broin and his wife, Tammie, founded the international nonprofit Seeds of Change to transform lives through the power of education and the miracle of agriculture.
A true champion for global agriculture, Broin strives to leave a lasting legacy for future generations by improving the world through the power of the sun, the soil, and the seed.
A POET bioprocessing facility has a considerable positive effect on a community. It delivers a big impact during the construction phase and then keeps giving in the form of jobs, taxes, increased demand for corn and of course the products it delivers: bioethanol, distillers grains and other environmentally friendly co-products. Better yet, a POET bioprocessing facility can drive long-term economic development throughout its community and region.
POET’s corporate headquarters are located in Sioux Falls, SD. POET headquarters house Design & Construction, public affairs, research and the sales and marketing of POET bioproducts such as distillers grain, corn oil and asphalt rejuvenator.
The POET office in Wichita, KS houses the team that handles the distribution, transportation and logistics of biofuels, as well as marketing and sales of bioethanol and the POET Pure Line, including purified alcohol, renewable CO2 and dry ice.