Business Briefs

By Staff | June 19, 2015

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has announced Eric J. Callisto, former chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, has joined the firm’s Madison, Wisconsin, office as a partner on the firm’s Energy and Environmental teams. Callisto has extensive experience with state, regional, and national energy and utility issues, and will assist clients in these areas as well as with environmental law matters.

Husky Corp. has announced its fuel nozzle valves for dispensing ethanol blended gasolines, diesel, and biodiesel fuels meet enhanced Underwriters Laboratories safety standards that took effect April 30. The stringent new standards ensure fuel nozzle valves can safely dispense enhanced ethanol and biodiesel blended fuels. Husky nozzle products recently listed under UL 2586 include the Husky X family of fuel nozzles, Husky VIII family of fuel nozzles, Husky 1A/1HS/IGS, and Husky V34.

NCAT Inc. has announced the launch of a new website that focuses on a long-standing opportunity for the ethanol industry—leveraging plant data from an operational cost to a financial asset. Rapidly evolving technology and new ways of viewing and using data are merging to create this new asset. According to NCAT, realizing this opportunity requires a coherent strategy, effective use of the latest information technologies, and the right partner. 

Lee Enterprises Consulting has announced the addition to its team of five new engineers and two additional team members who hold doctorates.  The company has also divided into four internal teams to handle biodiesel, ethanol, emerging technologies, and solar/wind. The company has promoted Gerald Kutney to lead the emerging technologies team and Bob Parkins to lead its solar/wind team. The new team members are as follows:  Elizabeth Hood will work in industrial enzymes, foreign gene expression, plant cell wall structure and protein targeting. Kapil Kokare will work in biomass upgrading, biobutanol, biorenewables, lignin (hydrothermal upgrading) and catalytic valorization of biomass, methane-to-methanol conversion, butanol biosynthesis, conversion of ethanol to higher hydrocarbons/higher value products, and selective deconstruction of biomass. Doug Proctor will focus on overhead and underground transmission projects. Dave Collier will work on the group’s solar energy team, with an emphasis on low-voltage solar design and construction. Charles Cuhna and Edmund Peterson will work on solar and wind projects. Mark Carey will work on solar and wastewater projects, specializing in civil engineering, energy efficiency and management consulting services for the water industry.

Propel Fuels has announced it will move its headquarters in California from Redwood City to Sacramento. As California’s low carbon economy grows over the next decade, Sacramento will be home to the people and policies shaping its future. 

Solenis LLC celebrated the grand opening of its new world headquarters on April 27. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the headquarters will accommodate approximately 120 employees supporting a variety of corporate functions for the specialty chemicals company, which was previously known as Ashland Water Technologies. Space for additional expansion has been allocated. The opening of the world headquarters follows the opening of the company’s European headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, last year.

Hydro-Klean announced that it has acquired Infratech. This acquisition allows Hydro-Klean to offer additional specialized trenchless rehabilitation services to municipal clients throughout the Midwest.
The National Corn Growers Association has announced a restructure that aims to bring greater focus on building corn demand. As part of this restructure, NCGA has promoted Fred Stemme to vice president of marketing and operations. Paul Bertels will continue to serve as the organization’s vice president of production and sustainability while Rodger Mansfield has stepped down after 19 years of service. In April, the NCGA also launched a search for vice president of market development. The professional chosen to fill that position will be responsible for managing marketing initiatives to build demand for ethanol, livestock feed, biobased products and food uses of corn.

SJC Bioenergia, a joint venture between Cargill and Group USJ, has purchased Fluid Quip Process Technologies’ systems to integrate corn ethanol production at its sugar-cane ethanol facility located in Quirinopolis, Brazil. SJC Bioenergia will utilize FQPT’s SGT milling, BOS front-end corn oil, Fiber Separation, and MSC Protein Recovery technologies. 

Maizall, the international maize alliance, has announced the election of Sergio Bortolozzo as its new president. A farmer from Brazil, Bortolozzo succeeds U.S. Grains Council Past Chairman Julius Schaaf, who had served as president since Maizall was formed in 2013. Maizall is a strategic partnership formed by the USGC, the National Corn Growers Association, Abramhilo and Maizar, the major corn producer organizations of the United States, Brazil and Argentina.  

CSX has announced the winners of its 21st annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award, which recognizes customers for their commitment to the safe transport of hazardous materials by rail. The 70 companies recognized include Archer Daniels Midland Co., Buckeye Partners LP, Eco-Energy, Green Plains Inc., Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Poet Ethanol Products, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, and Valero Renewable Fuels Co. LLC.
Anitox has appointed Eric Sumner to its biofuels division, strengthening technical support for its new antibiotic-free ethanol processing aid OptimOH, a new technology capable of controlling bacteria in ethanol plants, protecting fermentation and improving yields without the need to modify pH, enzymes or other parameters. Sumner has more than 10 years of experience in the biofuels market. Prior to joining Anitox, he was employed at DuPont, where he held a number of managerial roles. 

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has announced Chris Cuddy, president of ADM’s corn processing business unit, has been named a senior vice president of the company. Cuddy previously served as president of sweeteners and starches in ADM’s corn processing business unit. In that role, he was responsible for all commercial activities of the company’s North American sweetener, starch, fiber and acidulant businesses. He joined ADM in 1998.