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SC Biofuel Company Expanding

South Carolina Business Review
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Several years ago, our next guest’s company got its start by turning used cooking oil into biodiesel, first in the Midlands, then statewide. A few acquisitions later, they’re now doing it regionally and have expanded into other forms of organic recycling.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Renwick (BioJoe), founder and co-owner of Green Energy Biofuel in Winnsboro, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.