Business Briefs

By Staff | May 22, 2015

Vecoplan LLC has promoted Misty Turner to the position of assistant service manager. Responsibilities of her new position include connecting customers and field technicians with Vecoplan’s internal troubleshooting service technicians. She will also oversee the organization and scheduling of Vecoplan’s network of certified service personnel throughout North America. Turner joined Vecoplan in March 2012 as a service administrator. She brings 10 years of management and service experience to her new job, including three years as accounts receivable manager at HEP Direct and four years in customer service with Furniture USA. 

American Ethanol reached a new milestone at the Phoenix International Raceway in March, when it topped 7 million miles of racing. That equates with roughly 30 trips from the Earth to the moon or 281 laps around Earth. NASCAR began running E15 in 2011. The fuel change was in conjunction with its NASCAR Green Platform, which has become one of the most comprehensive recycling, tree planting and renewable energy programs in professional sports. American Ethanol is a partnership of the National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy.

Aemetis Inc. has appointed Satya Chillara as vice president of corporate development. Chillara has more than 24 years of experience in the cleantech and semiconductor industries and on Wall Street. He previously served as managing director and equity research analyst working for several investment banks and hedge funds. 

VAC-U-MAX has announced its 55MW industrial sump vacuum cleaner allows operators to quickly empty machine tool sumps, machining beds, oil/water separators, parts washers, rinse tanks and clean up liquid spills. Included with the complete system, the chip basket and liner separates solid particles from collected liquid at 1 to 2 gallons per second; and, with the turn of a lever, this industrial vacuum will pump out the filtered liquid contents of the drum through the discharge hose to a central filtration system for coolant/oils or approved floor drain at up to 14 gallons per minute.

Celtic Renewables has received £500,000 ($746,150) in a new round of investment, taking its valuation to £10 million. The company announced an investment of £250,000 from the Scottish Investment Bank, with an additional £250,000 equity stake acquired by an existing private investor. Scottish Renewables converts whiskey waste into biofuels.

Growmark Inc. and Magellan Pipeline Co. PL have entered into an agreement in which Growmark will acquire the refined fuels terminal near St. Joseph, Missouri.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Acquisition of the facility will enable Growmark to ensure continued supply of refined fuels. In addition to the current diesel fuel availability at the terminal, Growmark intends to offer ethanol blends of gasoline in the future.

Iogen has appointed Gordon McLennan vice president of business development. McLennan has 35 years experience in domestic and international sales, revenue generation, project development, operations management, change management and leadership. As vice president of business development, he will be responsible for developing and delivering new commercial opportunities, including Iogen’s current strategic initiatives both within and beyond cellulosic ethanol. Gordon will play a key role in building upon Iogen’s commercial initiatives. 

Amerplast has entered into a supply partnership agreement with Braskem to market green polyethylene (Green PE) obtained from a renewable source, sugar cane ethanol. While environmentally sustainable, Green PE has the performance characteristics of a traditional PE. For Amerplast’s customers, such as tissue producers, it offers an environmentally sound alternative for meeting packaging needs.

The Nebraska Corn Board recently presented Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol Fuels Inc. with its Ethanol Industry Appreciation Award, which recognizes a producer or person in the industry who has worked hard to develop ethanol markets and expand demand for ethanol in the state while appreciating the value of the corn checkoff and its involvement in ethanol market development. Kristensen was selected for his leadership in Nebraska as well as his involvement and engagement in ethanol advocacy groups on a statewide, national, and global basis.

Methes Energies International Ltd. recently announced it has received an initial payment for the sale of a Denami 600 biodiesel processor and a PP-MEC pre-treatment system to be installed in Havelock, Ontario, Canada. The buyer, Drain Bros, will become the first facility in the world to use Methes' pretreatment system using the PP-MEC catalyst to process corn oil from a local ethanol plant.

Ener-Core Inc., a provider of power oxidation technology and equipment that generates clean power from low-quality and waste gases from a wide variety of industries, has appointed John Millard as director of Europe and the Middle East region and Mark Owen as director of sales. Millard and Owen will both report directly to Alain Castro, CEO of Ener-Core. Millard has previously served as CEO of a Swiss energy consulting company focusing on demand-side energy management and most recently the development of smart energy systems. Owen is an internationally recognized expert on industrial pollution control systems and processes. He has 30 years experience in the commercialization, installation and operational servicing of various types of air pollution control and waste treatment systems.

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has announced several management appointments in its corn business unit. Craig Willis, a 23-year company veteran, has been named president of the ethanol group. He had been a vice president of the business since 2011. Prior to joining the ethanol group in 2007, Willis’ broad-based ADM tenure included experience as commercial manager of three large oilseeds crush plants. He also managed origination and transportation assets within the company’s agricultural services business unit. In addition, Kris Lutt and Andy Moore have been named president and vice president, respectively, of sweeteners and starches; Luther Pohlmann has been named vice president of corn operations, and Gary Towne will continue to serve as president of risk management for the corn business unit.In addition, ADM has announced that Mark Schweitzer has been appointed vice president of investor relations, where he will represent the company to the investment community and act as an advocate for shareholder value creation. Schweitzer previously served as managing director of ADM’s intermodal and international container freight business.