Ray Robinson has been a part of the Production team since 2010. He grew up here in Chatham county. Ray headed to the west coast in the late 1990’s to pursue an education in Geophysics at Oregon State University. While living in the Pacific Northwest, he discovered his love of photography and relocated up to the Seattle area where he spent most of the next decade photographing everything from commercial assignments to promotional work for several local indie rock bands.
In 2005, Ray returned home to North Carolina in search of a quieter lifestyle. He soon found himself hanging around the old co-op house in Moncure during Tuesday night “fuel making” and decided renewable energy was to be his new devotion in life.
He then retired his cameras and enrolled in the Biofuels degree program at Central Carolina Community College. During this time, Ray interned in Production at Piedmont and then transitioned into full time fuel making.
Ray now runs our production department and produces thousands of gallons of biodiesel every month. He is also our resident fix-it guru, which is a good thing because various things frequently need his mechanical attention. At the plant, you can find him performing titrations in the lab, rebuilding a pump, filling a tank with oil… or you can just look for the “guy with the tattoo’s”.
Ray’s personal time is mostly spent at his cabin in Silk Hope with his beautiful wife Iris and his two amazing daughters. The cabin is quickly becoming a gathering place for sharing a laugh and picking strings around a cozy fire pit. If you enjoy making music, talking vinyl records or need an old turntable restored, Ray is your man.
He refuses to post his resume in fear of being lured back “out there”.