HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / May 18, 2021 / Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR, "Vertex Energy" or the "Company"), a leading specialty refiner and marketer of high-quality refined products, today announced that it has named Bart Rice as Division President of Renewable and Conventional Fuels for Vertex.

Rice, who joined Vertex in early 2020, brings 40 years of energy industry experience to the Company. Previously, he served in executive leadership roles with Rice Oil, Allied Energy Company, Crystal Energy LLC, Division President of Emerge Energy Services LP and Joint Venture Partner with Lansing Trade Group and Andersons, Inc. Bart has been 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, Rice 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, LA, 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.


Houston-based Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: VTNR) is a specialty refiner of alternative feedstocks and marketer of high-purity products. Vertex is one of the largest used oil refiners in the U.S., with operations located in Houston and Port Arthur (TX), Marrero (LA) and Columbus (OH). Vertex also co-owns a facility, Myrtle Grove, located on a 41-acre industrial complex along the Gulf Coast in Belle Chasse, LA, with river and rail access, large waste water treatment facility access and other infrastructure assets that include nine million gallons of storage. The Company has built a reputation as a key supplier of Group II+ and Group III Base Oils to the lubricant manufacturing industry throughout North America. For more information on Vertex Energy visit, www.VertexEnergy.com.


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