Didion Named “Green Master”

Green-Masters-Logo-300x200Congratulations to Didion’s Green Team for being recognized as a Green Master at the 6th Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference!

Green Masters is Wisconsin’s largest and most-notable sustainability recognition program. It is an objective, points-based program enabling Wisconsin institutions of all sizes and industries to join a group of like-minded companies on the road to sustainability. Similar to the program name, the top 20% of applicants are called Green Masters. Other levels include Green Professional and Green Apprentice.

At Didion, we focus on constant improvement in energy efficiency and sustainability in operations. Didion Ethanol, a zero liquid discharge facility, recycles process water, using approximately 20 percent less water than the industry average with no direct discharge water into local waterways. Natural gas consumption is 5.8% lower than the industry average per unit of ethanol produced. Didion Milling reengineered its processes to reduce energy and steam usage by eliminating the need for some equipment.

Tom Eggert (left), executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council presents Green Masters Award to Tonya Umbarger (right), program manager at Didion Milling

Tom Eggert (left), executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council presents Green Masters Award to Tonya Umbarger (right), program manager at Didion Milling

In 2010, we pledged to the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years. Our sustainability team carefully monitors energy usage, streamlining processes and reducing energy demands while maintaining high quality and production standards.

It’s an honor to be recognized among the impressive group of companies in the program. We’re working towards an even more sustainable 2014!

By: Tonya Umbarger, Program Manager at Didion Milling


A Growing Culture, A Growing Workforce

It’s exciting to be part of an actively growing company and offer rewarding careers to local folks who are excited to help us feed and fuel the world. We’ve tripled production over the last three years and expect more growth in 2014. To meet increasing demand, we’re actively seeking employees for 14 new positions.

Our recent growth is largely due to expanding product lines and new or growing partnerships with food and industrial manufacturers. The ethanol production business unit is also experiencing growth with improved efficiency and exploration of new coproducts.

Just as our business has grown and evolved over time, so has our culture. We realized that we needed to shift our focus from products to people. We’re in business to develop great people first. Creating quality products from grain is secondary.

The changing culture has fostered more cross-functional teamwork and a front-line staff that is engaged in business decisions. Employees are empowered to hire their coworkers through a hiring team. They are the best evaluators of skills, character and cultural fit.

We are looking for driven team players with a desire to grow in the company’s dynamic culture. Positions are open across all areas of the business, including operations, maintenance, technology and management. Didion Milling is hosting career fairs to give potential employees an opportunity to meet the team and learn more about the company.

Career fairs are scheduled on Tuesday, January 28th at the Beaver Dam AmericInn and Wednesday, February 12th at the Portage Best Western. Both events are open from noon – 8 PM. More information is available at didionmilling.com/careers.