Business Briefs

By Staff | October 11, 2013

Greenbelt Resources Corp. has appointed Joseph Pivinski to its executive team as interim chief financial officer. One of his first tasks is to update the company’s financial statements reported via OTC markets. Pivinski previously served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd., and as vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Oriole Homes Corp.

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP announced Cameron Field has joined the firm’s Environmental Practice Group in its Madison, Wis., office. Prior to joining Michael Best & Friedrich, Field worked as a summer law clerk in 2012 with Earthjustice and in the fall of 2012 as a legal intern for the U.S. Department of Justice’s environmental enforcement section. From 2011 to 2013 he was a research associate with the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law and in 2013 worked as a student clinician with the Environmental and Natural Resource Law Clinic at Vermont Law School. 

Christian Morgen and Jesper Bang Andersen have joined Leifmark LLC as partners. Leifmark is an independent partner of Inbicon A/S that is authorized to market Inbicon Biomass Refinery technology in North America. Morgen and Andersen are former Inbicon executives. Morgen previously served as general manager for international sales and marketing at Inbicon. As a partner of technology with Leifmark, he is now responsible for the transfer of Inbicon technology for commercial licensing in North American projects. Andersen, also a former member of Inbicon’s sales and marketing team, now serves as partner of alliances with Leifmark, where he will establish and maintain relationships with key industry partners, accelerate agreements that allow projects to move forward and help manage the transition across economic and legal barriers between North America and Denmark. 

Greg Roda has joined Gevo Inc. as chief commercial officer. In this role, he will be responsible for all business development activities for the company. Roda has more than 17 years of leadership, business development, research, and product development experience in biobased materials. He previously served as CEO of Outlast Technology Inc., and as a business development executive at NatureWorks, where he oversaw commercialization of polylactic acid in the fiber and textile industry. He has also worked for Cargill. 

Esteban Chornet, co-founder and chief technology officer of Enerkem Inc., was recently presented with the 2103 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science. The award, a tribute to one of the original founders of the Biomass Energy Research Association, recognizes Chornet’s pioneering technology innovations in the field of bioenergy. 

Superior Industries Inc.,  a North American-based manufacturer of conveyor systems and related components, recently added Terin Louis and Matt Wulf as new conveyor components territory managers in the Northeast and Midwest United States, respectively. Louis joins outside sales following five years of service with the company’s engineering department. Wulf previously worked in customer service and sales estimating in the company’s conveyor components division. 

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC has joined its membership. Poet-DSM is developing Project Liberty, a 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.  

Cultura Technologies Inc.  has added new offerings to its enterprise suite of solutions to the agri-food industry with its acquisition of E-Markets Inc., which offers a suite of agronomy, grain and biofuels enterprise resource planning software solutions to customers. The suite of product solutions includes ordering, price risk management, inventory management, preseason order gathering, procurement, identity preserved contracting, and traceability solutions for the agribusiness industry. 

Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC  has announced the sale of a Selective Grind Technology system to United Wisconsin Grain Producers to increase ethanol and oil yield at the facility. The system will be the first to utilize a Fluid-Quip 40-inch disc mill. The FQPT SGT lineup also includes 36-inch single discs, 36-inch double discs, and 52-inch discs in full-scale operation, along with various grind plate designs that are used to tailor the SGT system to meet plants’ needs.  

Gamajet has announced the development of the Gamajet Bullet IV to target the cleaning of sludge, oil and residual debris that collects at the bottom of large tanks, open-top tanks, process vessels and trailers. The Gamajet Bullet IV rotates in a tight 105 degree downward patter, with high-impact water jets scouring the bottom area of the tank, with no oversplash.  

Verenium Corp.  has announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with BASF Corp., under which BASF will commence a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Verenium’s common stock. The agreement has been unanimously approved by both Verenium’s and BASF’s board of directors.  

Airgas Inc.  has announced that its subsidiary Airgas Carbonic has signed a long-term agreement for the supply of liquid carbon dioxide from Fox River Valley Ethanol’s recently acquired plant in Oshkosh, Wis. Under the terms of the agreement, Airgas Carbonic will market food and beverage-grade CO2 co-products from the plant, which is expected to yield 250 tons per day of liquid CO2.  

Novozymes has entered into a collaboration agreement with Raízen Energia S/A, the largest sugarcane crusher in Brazil. Under the agreement, Novozymes will supply enzyme technology to Raízen’s first commercial-scale Brazilian cellulosic ethanol plant, which is scheduled to be operational next year. The plant will be a bolt-on facility to Raízen’s Costa Pinto sugarcane mill in the state of São Paulo. The 40 million liter per year cellulosic plant will convert sugarcane bagasse and straw into ethanol. The agreement also provides for Novozymes to supply enzyme technology to the company’s second cellulosic plant, should one be constructed. 

Green Biologistics Inc.,  a Gahanna, Ohio-based biochemicals company, and Little Falls, Minn.-based Central MN Ethanol Co-op have announced that Green Biologistics has entered into an exclusive letter of intent to acquire substantially all of CMEC’s assets. The transaction is expected to close next year. 

R.C. Costello & Associates Inc. and Zeton Inc. recently signed a memorandum of understanding to provide a customized end-to-end solution that spans from feasibility studies, process simulation, front-end engineering through detailed design, procurement, fabrication and factory testing. Costello has extensive front-end engineering experience, processing modeling and design experience. Zeton has specific know-how in the scale up of process technology, specializing in designing and building modular pilot and demonstration plants. 

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota recently approved the acquisition of the assets of Purified Renewable Energy LLC to its lender West Ventures LLC. With the sale closed, the plant’s name has been changed to Buffalo Lake Advanced Biofuels. The 18 MMgy facility is located in Buffalo Lake, Minn.