Natural Resources >> CEO Interviews >> September 6, 1999

Gary R. Smith – High Plains Corporation (hipc)

GARY R. SMITH is the President and Chief Executive Officer of High Plains Corporation, having served since April 1998. In April, 1999 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the company. Most recently Mr. Smith was President of Signa StorTech Systems, Inc., an Ohio-based metal fabrication and powder-coating company from January 1, 1996 to April, 1998. Prior to working with Signa, he served in executive capacities with Hercules Engine Company, White Engines, Inc., Cummins Engine Company and Hoerner Waldorf Corporation. While serving as the President of Hercules Engine Company, Mr. Smith served on the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, a national clean-fuels advocacy organization. Profile
TWST: What do you see as the company and what do you see as the business


Mr. Smith: High Plains Corporation was formed in 1982. Its first

ethanol plant opened in 1984 in Colwich,