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SC biofuel company recognized for growth

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Our next guest’s company keeps showing up on our radar. They started over a decade ago as a pretty small operation in a pretty small town in the Midlands of our state and have since expanded their operations to several states and most recently were named #1 high-growth small company by SCBizNews. Mike Switzer interviews “Bio” Joe Renwick, founder 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.