In 2006 Andrew Davison and Jim Chace were running their own companies doing framing, construction and excavating work, respectively, on the Cape. Frustrated with the skyrocketing cost of fueling their trucks, the friends began researching the process of creating biodiesel, which would burn cleaner and more efficiently in addition to the cost savings. With a little research, ingenuity, and some friends in the restaurant industry, they were soon picking up waste cooking grease from local restaurants and turning it into a low cost, high quality biodiesel for their trucks.
What began as a small idea turned into a small plant and in 2008, Cape Cod Biofuels was launched. Today, the company has grown into its third site, an 8800 square-foot, state-of-the-art recycling and production facility in Sandwich. With more than 700 restaurant partners on the Cape and South Shore, Cape Cod Biofuels now collects 450,000 gallons of cooking oil annually and recycles it into biodiesel in their production facility. They then deliver that biodiesel to residential homes and commercial fleets, meaning that 100% of the oil that is collected in the local community stays in the local community. They are the only ASTM-certified producer of biodiesel in Massachusetts, meaning their biofuel has passed all government fuel standards, and are also members of the National Biodiesel Board and Massachusetts Restaurant Association.
Cape Cod Biofuels has grown significantly since 2008, but the mission remains the same. Andrew and Jim remain committed to producing a locally-made product; to delivering the reliable, friendly service you expect from a small business; and to helping keep Massachusetts green.
Andrew is a graduate of Norwich University (’94) with a major in Computer Information Systems. While at Norwich, Andrew was a member of the United States Coast Guard. He has been a licensed general contractor, a licensed stock broker, and former Firefighter/EMT for the Town of Sandwich. Andrew lives in Sandwich with his wife and eight children ages 6 to 20. In his “spare time” he coaches Pop Warner Football for the Sandwich Bulldogs, recreation league basketball for the town of Sandwich, and is an avid outdoorsman.
Jim is a graduate of Apponequet High School (’82) in Lakeville. A machinist by trade, Jim has been gifted with the ability to fabricate just about anything. Jim is the proud father of two children and was involved in the family excavation business for more than twenty years. He is a long-time resident of Sandwich.
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