Business Briefs

By Staff | August 12, 2013

United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC,  a 60 MMgy plant near Friesland, Wis., is offering its employees a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) program that provides employees with $2,500 to support the purchase of a new or used FFV. The program is designed to provide UWGP employees with an incentive to purchase a vehicle capable of using higher blends of ethanol, thereby increasing awareness and consumption of renewable fuels.   

CPM, a supplier of process engineering, process equipment and aftermarket parts for the biofuels, oilseed, animal feed and food processing industries, has appointed Todd Fierro as Crown Companies general manager. Fierro fills a new executive management position responsible for global coordination of all sales, operations, engineering, strategy, and administrative functions. He will be based in Roseville, Minn., and will report to CPM CEO Ted Waitman. Most recently, Fierro served as president of Oshkosh Corp.’s commercial segment, focusing on new product introduction and strategic development. 

Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC has hired Michael Nealon as its new corporate controller. He is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling the consolidated accounting and financial reporting function for Poet-DSM. Prior to joining Poet-DSM, Nealon spent more than 11 years at Glacial Lakes Corn Processors, where he first worked as a controller, and most recently served as finance manager. While employed at Glacial Lakes, he established the company’s accounting system and procedures. Nealon also has accounting and finance experience in the real estate, credit card and gaming industries. 

Stoel Rives partner Graham Noyes is transferring his practice to the firm’s Sacramento, Calif., office. He represents clients involved in conventional and advanced biofuels, as well as forestry, agricultural, and solid waste-to-energy projects, and biogas projects involving anaerobic digestion, thermo chemical gasification, and other advanced technologies. Noyes has extensive experience with the federal renewable fuel standard and California’s low carbon fuel standard. He is also a well-known speaker and writer on renewable energy credits and renewable identification numbers. 

DuPont and the National Corn Growers Association have announced a new program to develop corn farmers for agricultural leadership opportunities. The NCGA DuPont New Leader Program will help to empower growers to share their story of their farmers and the benefits of a robust agriculture system with key audiences, including consumers, media and decision makers. 

Germany-based CropEnergies AG has acquired U.K.-based ethanol producer Ensus Ltd., which operates a 400 MMly (105.7 MMgy) wheat ethanol plant in Yarm, England. CropEnergies intends to invest more £50 million ($76.82 million) to improve the competitiveness of the plant, and intends to restart once essential maintenance work is completed. 

Fuels America coalition members have announced the launch of a new ad campaign. The ads highlight the fact that there is a choice when it comes to our energy future, and that our nation does not have to be beholden to oil’s monopoly over the gasoline supply and the negative impacts that entails. 

The U.S. Senate has voted to approve Gina McCarthy’s nomination to lead the U.S. EPA by a vote of 59 to 40. Prior to her nomination, McCarthy served as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. She replaces former Administrator Lisa Jackson, who resigned in December.
Chemtex International Inc. and Murphy-Brown LLC have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of purpose-grown energy crops and residues to be used as cellulosic feedstock in Project Alpha, Chemtex’s cellulosic ethanol facility planned for Clinton, N.C. The agreement covers a number of feedstocks to be grown on approximately 6,000 acres of land owned or controlled by Murphy-Brown. The crops will be grown on acreage not typically used for grain production. Final execution of the agreement is contingent upon achieving financial closure for the project. 

Flint Hills Resources LLC has announced an agreement with Platinum Ethanol to acquire its 100 MMgy Arthur, Iowa, ethanol plant. The transaction is expected to close later this year, and the purchase price has not been disclosed. Once the purchase is complete, Flint Hills will own six ethanol plants, five of which will be located in Iowa.  

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz have appointed Kevin Kephart as the new committee co-chair of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative Technical Advisory Committee. Kephart, vice president of research and development at South Dakota State University, will serve as co-chair beside former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. The committee is made up of 32 volunteers from industry, academia, nonprofit organizations and local government who discuss and work with technical issues involving energy and agriculture.

Poet LLC has hired Rob Walther as director of federal affairs, tasked with opening a Poet office in Washington, D.C. He will represent Poet and highlight the value of domestic, renewable biofuel in talks with members of Congress, their staff and federal agencies regulating renewable fuels. 

ICM Inc. has signed a contract with Industria Paraguaya de Alcoholes S.A. for the sale of an evaporator and dryer system at its plant in Nueva Esperanza, Paraguay. Inpasa was founded in 2006 to produce fuel ethanol derived from several feedstocks including sorghum, corn and sugarcane.