Business Briefs

People, Partnerships & Deals
By Ethanol Producer Magazine Staff | July 11, 2013

1. Sustainable Energy Strategies Inc., a provider of consulting services to the alternative fuel industry, has announced the addition of David Gelman as its new vice president. He has more than 30 years of consulting experience and has a wealth of knowledge about federal alternative fuel programs. Gelman was involved in the launch of three of the largest federally sponsored alternative fuel vehicle efforts, including the Clean Cities, State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleet, and the Federal Fleet programs. He has also supported alternative fuel, energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions control programs for the U.S. DOE and its national laboratories, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. EPA.

2. Arisdyne Systems Inc. has added validation engineer William Herdt to its team. Herdt will work with customers during technology installations, assigning the plant in testing and optimization of Arisdyne’s Controlled Flow Cavitation systems. He has more than 18 years of experience in ethanol production, and has worked at several ethanol plants. Most recently, he served as field service supervisor for Edeniq Inc.

3. Pacific Ethanol Inc. has begun commercial production of corn oil at its Magic Valley, Idaho, plant using ICM Inc.’s Advanced Oil Separation System. Corn oil sales will diversify the plant’s revenue stream and provide greater financial stability to the facility. Corn oil sales are expected to contribute as much as $4.5 million in operating income annually, which equates to approximately 7 cents per gallon.

4. Growth Energy has promoted Michael Frohlich to the position of director of communications. Frohlich joined the organization in May 2012 as press secretary. He will continue to serve as primary spokesperson and media contact for Growth Energy. Before joining Growth Energy, Frohlich served as director of media relations with the National Association of Manufacturers as well as director of federal communications at the National Biodiesel Board.

5. Verenium Corp. has added Brian Carter to its team in the newly created position of vice president of grain processing. Carter joined Verenium after nearly 20 years at Genencor, now a part of DuPont Industrial Biosciences. At Genencor he held a variety of senior leadership roles in business development and general management. Carter joined Verenium in September 2012 as vice president of business development, where he led select business development initiatives, including several in the grain processing industry. Kulinda Davis has also taken on a new role, director of business strategy and marketing. The position is focused on supporting further penetration in the U.S. market, commercializing new enzyme products and expanding the company’s international presence in grain processing.

6. Anitox has appointed Kevin Mundell to the newly created position of biofuels business manager. In his new role, Mundell will develop the market for OptiFerm, a product that has been developed by Anitox to control bacteria during the fermentation process in ethanol production. Its use eliminates the need for antibiotics and increases ethanol yield. Mundell has 18 years of executive, leadership and management experience in production and manufacturing.

7. Ceres Inc. has added Brazilian agribusiness executive Daniel Glat to its board of directors. He is currently a principal at Glat & Associates, an agribusiness consultancy firm in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He spent 25 years working for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., a DuPont business, including 21 years in Brazil. From August 2007 to June 2011, he served as director for international operations, where he was responsible for Pioneer's activities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. During this time he also served on the board of directors of Pioneer. From January 1998 to August 2007, Glat was president of the Pioneer's Brazilian subsidiary, Pioneer Sementes Ltda.

8. U.S. Water Services Inc. has announced the issuance of an additional patent for its pHytOUT deposit control technology for biofuels. The technology helps provide facilities with optimum cost performance by reducing and mitigating deposit-related bottlenecks, and helps distillation trays and beer/mash exchangers remain cleaner, reducing clean-in-place requirements. Combined with lower acid usage in ethanol production, the sodium and sulfate salt levels in coproducts may be substantially reduced. This improves DDGS quality and can increase the distillers grain feed ration in areas of high sulfate water.

9. Siemens Metals Technologies and LanzaTech have signed a 10-year cooperation agreement to develop and market integrated and environmental solutions for the steel industry worldwide. The collaboration will utilize the fermentation technology developed by LanzaTech to transform carbon-rich off-gases generated by the steel industry into ethanol and other platform chemicals. The two companies will work together on process integration and optimization, as well as on the marketing and realization of customer projects.

10. Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels recently added Kevin Potas as its new business development manager. Potas is responsible for outlining licensing options for the company’s turnkey cellulosic-ethanol process and technology package with interested grain ethanol producers. Prior to joining Poet-DSM, Potas spent 17 years with Johnson & Johnson in the pharmaceutical industry, where he led a team of nine district managers.

11. ICM Inc. has announced the signing of a software development and marketing agreement with Houston-based NCAT Inc. to co-develop and market the Inseo Suite line of software services. ICM has been granted exclusive rights to market the first release of Inseo Suite, the Key Performance Indicator Module, to the biofuels and alcohol manufacturing industry worldwide. The first Inseo Suite application developed with ICM for the biofuels industry, the KPI Module, integrates ethanol plant operational data and produces dashboard-driven information that provides both critical overview and detailed views of plant performance.


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