Business Briefs

By Erin Voegele | March 21, 2016

The U.S. Grains Council has added Dentham Chienpairoj as a local consultant based in Bangkok, Thailand. As part of his position, Chienpairoj will promote the use of distillers dried grains with solubles. Chienpairoj, who also works with other companies involved in the agricultural trade, previously worked directly in trading and importing including with Charoen Pokphand Foods’s feed ingredient business group. CPF is one of the world’s largest compound feed manufacturers. 
 
The Andersons Inc. has announced Neill C. McKinstray, who has served as the president of both the grain and ethanol groups, will retire in July. Corbett J. (Corey) Jorgenson will replace McKinstray as president of the Grain Group, effective Feb. 1. McKinstray will continue as president of the ethanol group and provide strategic guidance and transition assistance for the grain group until he retires. Jorgenson has nearly 20 years of experience in general management, agricultural trading and risk management with Cargill Inc. Most recently he served as vice president and regional lead for the Americas with Cargill Transportation and Logistics.

Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC has joined the Renewable Fuels Association. The ethanol producer has been operating in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, since 2003. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ace Ethanol LLC that employs 45. The 65 MMgy plant also produces coproducts such as carbon dioxide, dried distillers grains, along with 182,500 tons of wet distillers grains per year.

Gevo Inc. has appointed William H. Baum to its board of directors. Baum has worked in the chemical and biobased products and technology industries during his career, with a focus on business development and strategic alliances.  He has worked in renewable fuels and chemicals for the past 18 years with Verenium Corp., Diversa Corp. and Genomatica Inc.  Baum currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Genomatica and previously served as executive chairman of the board of Genomatica. 

Clariant was honored for its innovative sunliquid technology for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues as part of the 2015 German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment. The biotechnological process was awarded first place in the process innovations category. 

The University of California Board of Regents has approved Michael Witherell, vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara, as director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Witherell is a leading physicist with a highly distinguished career in teaching, research and managing complex organizations. He has received numerous honors and recognitions for his scientific contributions and achievements. He is the former director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in northern Illinois and currently holds the presidential chair in Physics at UC Santa Barbara. 

LanzaTech has won the Young Global Leader Award for Circular Economy Entrepreneur as part of the 2016 Circulars Awards program, organized by the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in collaboration with Accenture. The award recognizes early-stage organizations at the vanguard of the circular economy demonstrating innovation, market disruption and scalability.
 
The Sustainable Biomass Partnership has appointed Carsten Huljus as CEO. Huljus is experienced in forest management and chain-of-custody certification schemes. As CEO, he will be responsible for the leadership and management of SBP, including engagement with its many stakeholders, such as biomass supply chain actors, policy makers and environmental NGOs. The current executive director, Peter Wilson, will take up the new post of standards director with Simon Armstrong continuing as technical director.
 
Phibro Ethanol Performance Group announced that it has achieved generally recognized as safe status for its proprietary PhibroBreak product.  PhibroBreak is a next generation, nonpolysorbate formulation used in the recovery of corn oil from the ethanol process that provides cost-effective performance due to the low-dose application that optimizes corn oil yield under variable plant conditions.  PhibroBreak continues PhibroEPG commitment to provide the highest quality products to the ethanol biorefinery that will be suitable for use under Food Safety and Modernization Act.

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has announced the induction of Bruce Dale, Michigan State University professor of chemical engineering and materials science, to its College of Fellows. Dale was nominated, reviewed and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions in the biological engineering of transforming plant biomass to food and fuel to achieve a sustainable bioeconomy. The College of Fellows is composed of the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. AIMBE’s mission is to recognize excellence in, and advocate for, the fields of medical and biological engineering in order to advance society.
 
Tradition, an interdealer broker in commodity and financial products, has announced the launch of Tradition Green, a business hub that brings together all environmental products brokered by Tradition under one brand. Tradition Green will offer brokerage services in a range of environmental markets, including biofuels, CO2 allowances, U.S. regional emissions programs and renewable energy certificates, and is expanding its services to include brokerage of biomass, including wood chips and wood pellets. It will also offer execution services under the newly launched wood pellets contract on the Paris-based Euronext Exchange. In addition to brokerage services, Tradition Green will also offer specialist consultancy services within the environmental markets, and project finance for new renewable energy projects in Europe in coordination with its London-based affiliate, AllMerus Energy.
 
Steve Hartig has joined ICM Inc. as vice president of technology development.   Hartig will work with ICM’s research scientists, engineers, sales, marketing and leadership teams to evaluate and bring innovation of new technology and ultimately commercial opportunities to the company. Hartig has 35 years of experience leading global businesses, with much of his career spent working in biofuels, coatings, resins, biomedical materials and polymers.