Verdict a blow to Baldwin company’s national profile

A federal court ruling last month was a major financial blow to an emerging, closely watched plant here that promised cheap diesel fuel from vegetative matter including tires and trash.

But the more serious damage could be to the reputation of the locally grown industry that was already starting to play a role in federal government alternative fuel policy.

Jack Boykin of Montrose and his son, Allen, have been starting up Cello Energy this year, attracting attention ranging from an Auburn University professor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Verdict a blow to Baldwin company’s national profile