White Energy produces more vital wheat gluten than anyone in North America at its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Russell, Kansas. The company has long-term sales agreements to supply high quality gluten to the most iconic brands in the food and beverage industry under the Heartland brand name. Customers value the safety, convenience and reliability of the quality gluten products made in America by White Energy.

After carefully selecting locally-grown wheat varieties that meet its strict quality standards, White Energy uses proprietary technology to convert 23,000 bushels of wheat into high protein gluten and related co-products each day. Starches produced during the manufacturing process are pumped to the adjacent ethanol facility at a rate of up to 200 gallons a minute. This synergy substantially improves the plant’s efficiency by eliminating the need for a separate process to manage starches.

White Energy has been operating the plant since 2006 and recently invested more than $15 million in facility improvements that increased capacity and improved packaging efficiency. Upgrades include new sifters and screens, expanded storage capacity for raw materials and final products, and a modernized grain receiving system.

Heartland is distributed in 50 lb. bags and 2,000 lb. totes, while commercial customers receive bulk shipments of Heartland gluten delivered by truck or railcar.

Doug Funk

Plant Manager

Doug is a Kansas native who has been working at the gluten plant in Russell since shortly after it began operations more than 20 years ago. As plant manager, he ensures White Energy produces safe, reliable and high-quality gluten products as efficiently as possible.

Doug manages a team of more than 50 employees who work hard to consistently meet and exceed the expectations of White Energy’s gluten customers.

Quality is our trademark.

The Russell plant produces more than half of the nation’s entire gluten supply.