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Ernst & Young Announces Renewable Energy Group Leaders as Winners for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Central Midwest Award

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Iowa-headquartered advanced biofuels company recognized for entrepreneurial successes</i> </p>

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Ernst & Young Announces Renewable Energy Group Leaders as Winners for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Central Midwest Award16:35 EDT Thursday, June 07, 2012 AMES, Iowa (Business Wire) -- Ernst & Young LLP recently announced Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group's Chairman, Jeff Stroburg and President & CEO, Daniel J. Oh, as winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Central Midwest. Renewable Energy Group® (REG®) leadership was among a select group of leading entrepreneurs selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Winners were revealed at a special gala on June 5, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. During the ceremony, Stroburg and Oh recognized Renewable Energy Group's employees for driving positive organizational results and attributed the company's excellent status to their team. Renewable Energy Group, with a deep history in value-added agriculture, was established as an independent energy company in 2006. Today, REG owns more than 210 million gallons of production capacity at six biorefineries and employs more than 275 people nationwide in all aspects of feedstock procurement, fuel conversion and biodiesel sales and marketing. Stroburg and Oh also recognized and thanked the company's shareholders during the ceremony; the firm went public via initial public offering in January 2012 and trades on NASDAQ under the symbol “REGI”. “Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year's winners for the past 26 years,” said Randolph Buseman, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Central Midwest. “These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community.” Note to editors: Photos and biographies of Stroburg and Oh are available upon request. About Renewable Energy Group®REG is a leading North American biodiesel producer with a nationwide distribution and logistics system. Utilizing an integrated value chain model, Renewable Energy Group is focused on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels. With more than 210 million gallons of owned/operated annual production capacity at biorefineries across the country, REG is a proven biodiesel partner in the distillate marketplace. For more than a decade, REG has been a reliable supplier of biodiesel which meets or exceeds ASTM quality specifications. We sell REG-9000® biodiesel to distributors so Americans can have cleaner burning fuels that help lessen our dependence on foreign oil. REG-9000® branded biodiesel is distributed in nearly every state in the U.S. To learn more, please visit www.REGI.com Renewable Energy GroupAlicia Clancy, 515-239-8118Manager, Corporate AffairsCell: 515-450-9692Alicia.clancy@REGI.com