Business Briefs

By Staff | January 22, 2015

DuPont has upgraded its membership to the Renewable Fuels Association and will now sit on the RFA governing board. DuPont has been an associate RFA member for more than 10 years.  

Rockwell Automation Inc. has purchased the assets of ESC Services Inc., a global hazardous energy control provider of lockout-tagout services and solutions. Franklin, Wisconsin-based ESC Services will be integrated into Rockwell Automation’s Control Products & Solutions segment as part of its customer support and maintenance business unit.

The government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, Indian corporate leaders and Washington University in St. Louis have invested $2.5 million to launch the Indo-U.S. Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels, a joint binational center led by Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and Washington University.

     U.S. Water Services Inc. has been recognized by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development with the California Game Changer Company of the Year Award. California facilities are aiming to reduce water use by 20 percent by 2020 in an effort to conserve freshwater resources. U.S. Water has been working with California agriculture, medical centers and businesses to integrate solutions that combine chemical, equipment, engineering, automation and service to help facilities achieve water reduction goals. The award recognizes individuals and companies that have made a significant impact on the state.

   Louis Dreyfus Commodities has announced the appointment of Mayo Schmidt as CEO, effective Jan. 5. Schmidt will succeed interim CEO Claude Ehlinger, who will continue in his existing roles of chief financial officer of Louis Dreyfus Commodities and nonexecutive chairman of the board of Biosev. Ehlinger will also serve as deputy CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities. Schmidt previously served as president and CEO of Viterra Inc. and has held positions at ConAgra Foods and General Mills.

    The National Corn Growers Association has promoted Joe Hodes to director of development. Hodes served as marketing manager at the NCGA for seven years. In his new roles, Hodes will oversee the organization’s development, industry relations, grassroots advocacy and membership service functions, including serving as staff lead for the Grower Services Action Team and the NCGA Agri-Industrial Council. In addition, Rita Abney has joined NCGA as the marketing administrative assistant in the St. Louis office. Abney recently served as group sales manager for the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac and will support Hodes and others in projects related to development, state relations, membership, NASCAR and grassroots activism. 

   The International Association for Continuing Education and Training has awarded reaccreditation status to Siemens. IACET authorized providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET continuing education units. The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

   The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has honored three Iowa state legislators leaving their posts in 2014 with the Lifetime Champion of Renewable Fuels award for their long, distinguished careers and steadfast support of renewable fuels. The recognized legislatures include state Sens. Daryl Beall, Nancy Boettger, and Hubert Houser.

    Alex Toro has been named director of engineering at Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. He will lead the engineering departments of the company’s four ethanol plants, including a 100 MMgy wet mill plant and a 60 MMgy dry mill plant in Pekin, Illinois, and a 110 MMgy dry mill plant and a 45 MMgy dry mill plant in Aurora, Nebraska. Toro serves as a technical resource in all aspects of operations, project engineering, capital investment, environmental compliance, process improvements and expansion projects. Most recently he served as director of process engineering for Solazyme Inc. He also previously worked for Aventine, which was then known as Williams Bio Energy.

      Ag Growth International, a manufacturer of portable and stationary grain handlings, storage and conditioning equipment, has launched a multilingual version of its website, providing information in both English and Russian. The site allows customers to flip easily from both languages while accessing AGI’s complete product portfolio as well as information on worldwide site installation projects the company has participated in. Visitors to the site will also be able to easily access details to reach the right sales person for their inquiries. AGI’s website will soon be available in Portuguese and Spanish as well.

      Dynamic Recycling LLC has announced it has made several upgrades to its distilled spirits plant in Abingdon, Virginia. The company revamped the facility’s distillation column reboiler process and increased flow through the facility’s mechanical vapor recompression evaporator. The plant converts liquid wastes, including waste beverages, into renewable fuels.