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‘From the Grease Trap to the Gas Cap,’ Ohio Wesleyan Graduate, Son Discuss Biodiesel Fuel, Entrepreneurship in Free Sept. 17 Presentation

September 3, 2009

John Gordon
Photo courtesy of John Gordon
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Woltemade Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship will fuel the imaginations of would-be entrepreneurs and environmentalists Sept. 17, when 1976 OWU graduate John Gordon and his son, Spencer, discuss “Combating Climate Change: From the Grease Trap to the Gas Cap – The Case for Biodiesel.”

Their presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The public is invited to attend this free event, which also will be streamed live online at stream.owu.edu.

The Gordons created Atlanta-based Perfect Circle Renewable Energy, LLC, in 2007, at Spencer Gordon’s urging.

John Gordon, who also is the co-founder, president and CEO of Gordon Document Products, Inc., said he and his son initially sought to produce just enough biodiesel to fuel the fleet of trucks used by the family’s office machine business. Now, Perfect Circle Renewable Energy serves a growing number of businesses in the Atlanta area.

This year, the company expects to convert 50,000 gallons of waste vegetable oil into 50,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel. Next year, the Gordons hope to produce as much as 225,000 gallons of biodiesel.

Spencer Gordon
Photo courtesy of John Gordon
“He’s opened my eyes to conservation and the environment, John Gordon said of his son in a recent newspaper interview. “This business has a very good social purpose.”

During their visit to Ohio Wesleyan, the Gordons also will take time to speak with students in strategic management and entrepreneurship classes. John Gordon, who majored in politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan, now serves his alma mater as a university trustee. He later earned his law degree from Mercer University.

“This is a wonderful story about a father and son teaming up to create a company that seeks not only to make a profit, but to make a difference,” said John Boos, management professor and director of the Woltemade Center. “I’m pleased that the Gordons are able to share their real-world experiences with our students.”

The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship, founded in 1985, helps students integrate business theory and practice, and provides lectures and other resources to benefit students, faculty, and local community. Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 39 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.