Kris Folland, Pat Sullivan and Craig Bangasser are ready for their close-ups. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) directors (Bangasser’s term ended in 2017) will appear on the second of a pair of episodes of Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” show.
The second episode chronicling the build of “Indomitus” will air 9 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 20.
To celebrate, the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) will bring “Indomitus” to a free viewing party with Sullivan and Bangasser from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Wow!Zone in Mankato. The first episode will air prior to a live viewing of the final reveal; the truck will be displayed in the parking lot.
“We’ve been anticipating this day for awhile now, and we’re all excited to see the ins and out of how this truck was built,” Sullivan says. “It’s an incredible piece of machinery, and to relive how it all came together will be very gratifying. I’m looking forward to showing off the truck to coincide with the episode.”
Last year, the Council partnered with the DieselSellerz to build a customized truck that runs on biodiesel. The trio of directors met the four “DieselSellerz” last summer at the group’s headquarters in Utah. The directors participated in filming in August 2017 during the foursome’s visit to southern Minnesota, and completed their portion of filming last winter at Commodity Classic in California.
“It’s been a long time coming, and I’m very excited to relive the experience of meeting the DieselSellerz,” Bangasser says. “I had a blast meeting the guys, and the truck is an incredible body of work.”
The truck the DieselSellerz built for MSR&PC was officially unveiled to the public in spring 2018, and has toured the state this summer promoting biodiesel. In May 2018, Minnesota moved to a B20 (20 percent biodiesel) blend in the summer months.
“Biodiesel creates jobs right here in Minnesota, increases demand for soybean oil while adding 63 cents to every bushel of soybeans,” Folland says. “This whole campaign with the DieselSellerz was intended to promote biodiesel, so to get two episodes on prime-time is a huge bang for our buck. It’s priceless advertising for Minnesota Soybean, our farmers and the biodiesel industry.”