Smithfield Foods renewable energy project in Utah

  • Jun 12, 2019
  • Daily Herald

Jiffy Lube’s “What Drives You?” scholarship program, funded by Utah Jiffy Lube owners, has awarded $19,000 in scholarship money to six Utah high school students for the 2018-2019 school year, according to a press release.

Emily Langie of Hillcrest High School is the overall scholarship recipient in the Teen Driver Category. Jiffy Lube will her a $6,500 scholarship. Finalists Matthew Juarez of Ogden High School and Natasha Vanfleet of East High will both receive $1,500 scholarships as finalists in the Teen Driver category, which includes all high school students of driving age.

Nayra Gree of West High School is the overall scholarship recipient in the Driver’s Ed student category and will also receive a $6,500 scholarship, with finalists Makayla Rands of Dixie High School and Jack Miller of Bountiful High School both receiving $1,500.

Jiffy Lube has awarded almost $200,000 in scholarships to 88 Utah high school students since 2004. All students currently enrolled in high school are eligible to apply for the scholarships, regardless of test scores or grades. Scholarship money will go to secondary education of the student’s choice. Learn more about the scholarship program and applying by visiting

Enso Rings, which made the move to bring all of its company under one roof a few months ago, is finally hosting a grand opening of the new space.

From 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, the company is hosting a grand opening “party” that a flyer for the event says will include a DJ, food and prizes.

Enso Rings is located at 247 S. Millpond Drive, Suite 100, in Lehi. Learn more by visiting the website,

Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced Tuesday the construction of new biogas gathering systems in Missouri and Utah that will deliver renewable natural gas to communities using manure from Smithfield’s hog farms.

The “manure-to-energy” projects are part of Smithfield Renewables, the company platform dedicated to renewable energy efforts, including a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025, and the construction announcement for building a system in Utah and Missouri comes after the release of the company’s sustainability report.

“By finding innovative ways to reduce GHG emissions and use existing resources to power our planet, we are playing a critical role in providing consumers with nutritious food, as well as the renewable energy to prepare it. That’s our mission at Smithfield: to produce good food the right way,” Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods, said.

Construction in Utah, allegedly near the company’s hog farm in Milford, is beginning with a low-pressure biogas transmission line that will connect “manure-to-energy” projects on Smithfield’s hog farms to an “interstate biogas gathering system,” according to a press release. The system includes touchpoints in California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The energy could power homes, businesses, and vehicles, the press release says.

This construction is part of the company’s investment to build 26 hog farms in Utah equipped with renewable energy technology. The farms will also financially benefit local family farmers who will own and operate the properties, according to the press release, and the project will have enough energy to power 4,000 homes each year.

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