Building Community Equity Through
We Are SO-IN
SO-IN offers a competitive advantage by offering standard oil aggregation industry services with the added benefit of excellent customer service, competitive compensation for your oil and the opportunity to keep a commodity local and use it for good. By keeping a community’s waste cooking oil local, SO-IN provides economic development through job creation, improves the carbon footprint of the community and make the local school buses safer for the children that ride the bus to and from school.
A DREAM REALIZED
Magalie Yacinthe, owner of SO-IN Forsyth, met Dean Price and Sara Brennan through a mutual friend. Dean, owner of Biodiesel 4 Schools, had a dream to empower every county with a business model that would allow them to create community equity by harnessing the power of recycling their own restaurant’s waste cooking oil into biodiesel to be used in the communities’ school bus fleet.
Magalie and Sara supported this dream so much so that together they formed SO-IN, a Socially Innovative Oil Company, to help realize this dream. Magalie wanted to focus on her local area, Forsyth County, as a pilot community for this closed loop business model with the eventual goal to create the same model throughout the state of North Carolina. With Sara leading the state-wide vision of SO-IN NC, Magalie formed SO-IN Forsyth.
The vision of SO-IN is to create a global bio-economy model that empowers local communities. In addition to SO-IN’s oil aggregation plant that is located in Forsyth County, the team plans to build a biodiesel production facility to generate a green fuel for the school bus fleet.
LIVING THE DREAM OUT LOUD
SO-IN Forsyth has a mission to shape the future of Forsyth County by being the first county in the country to create a local bio-economy from its waste cooking oil that creates community equity, supports the local school system and lowers the carbon footprint. Our core values are centered on environmental sustainability, commitment to education and entrepreneurship, and active diversity and inclusion.
With this in mind, Magalie chose to locate her oil aggregation facility in a marginalized business district to bring industry to the area of East Winston. Together, the team is signing up restaurants that want to use their waste cooking oil to do good in the community. The collected oil is processed at the plant locally.
Magalie is working with local officials, supporting organizations, and community members to ensure that SO-IN Forsyth builds a base of restaurants to provide an ample feedstock for Phase II of the process. Approximately 300 restaurants are needed before SO-IN Forsyth can begin Phase II. Phase II is the process of manufacturing biodiesel made from the communities own waste that will power the school bus fleet.
MEET THE DREAM TEAM
Magalie, an alumnus of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, is a conscious entrepreneur and community leader that has a a passion for social enterprises. Her motivation for SO-IN Forsyth is deeply rooted in creating a local bio-economy with a circular model that benefits all people..
Sara has an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative drive that lead her to build her own successful photography business, Whitebox Photo, more than 15 years ago. While developing her business, Sara learned the importance of creating community over competition in industry..
Dean’s journey into Biofuels started on August 30th 2005, that is the day Hurricane Katrina landed on shore in New Orleans. Just 3 days after the hurricane hit, the entire east coast ran out of diesel fuel and the price spiked nearly $3 per gallon. For Dean Price, it was a "wake-up" call..