Business Briefs

By Staff | May 31, 2017

Redfield Energy celebrates 10 years of production
In April, Redfield Energy joined a long list of U.S. ethanol plants surpassing 10 years of production. The 55 MMgy facility in Redfield, South Dakota, started production in the spring of 2007. Since that time, the company has produced 545 million gallons of ethanol, 1.5 million tons of distillers grains, purchased more than 194 million bushels of corn and generated $43.5 million in net income. Redfield Energy has also distributed more than $36 million to its members.

The company currently has 45 employees, 12 of whom have been there since the plant’s inception. This year, the company anticipates increasing production to 63 MMgy.

NFU honors ACE founder  
American Coalition for Ethanol founder Merle Anderson has received the National Farmers Union’s Meritorious Service Award for farmer advocacy and advancing the ethanol industry. Anderson founded ACE in 1987 and continues to be chairman emeritus of the association’s board.

“Merle and Farmers Union share a philosophy that when family farmers do well, the entire country benefits from it,” said ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings. “That’s what Merle saw in ethanol 30 years ago. Merle lit the match to ignite grassroots support for ethanol because he had the vision to understand what it would mean for agriculture and rural communities.”

NFU President Roger Johnson added, “The strength, diversity and success of modern family farm agriculture is the result of hardworking men and women across the industry,” he said. “Throughout his life, Merle has gone above and beyond to ensure the success and well-being of family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.” ACE’s current board president Ron Alverson and two former presidents of the board, Scott Parsley and Bob Scott were also in attendance.

Past recipients of the Meritorious Service Award include former members of Congress and a former U.S. president, who have made noteworthy contributions to family agriculture, humanity and Farmers Union at the state and national levels.

Gibson joins EPM, Retka Schill to retire 
Lisa Gibson has been named managing editor of Ethanol Producer Magazine. Gibson, a native of Bottineau, North Dakota, will take over for longtime EPM editor Susanne Retka Schill, who is retiring from BBI International in late June.

Gibson returns to BBI after five years with Forum Communications Co., where she was editor of Prairie Business and, before that, Agweek.

Gibson has more than a decade of journalism experience and previously wrote for and edited BBI publications from 2009 to 2012. “Lisa’s understanding of agriculture, bioenergy and trade journalism makes her a great fit for this important role,” said BBI President Tom Bryan. “We’re thrilled to have her on our team again.”

Retka Schill, who has held several high-level editorial positions at BBI during her 11 years with the company, will continue writing professionally in retirement, contributing regularly to EPM and offering writing and editing services to ethanol producers and ethanol industry service companies.

“Sue has played a vital role on our team for more than a decade, from writing and editing to coaching new employees and presenting at industry events,” Bryan said. “We happy that she’s chosen to keep her writing skills available to the industry.”

Sande joins Mist Chemical  
Mist Chemical & Supply Co. has named Joe Sande technical sales manager. Sande comes to Mist with extensive knowledge of ethanol processes after more than 14 years in the sector.

Sande began working in ethanol in 2001 as an operator for Glacial Lakes Energy LLC in Watertown, South Dakota. He later worked for Alltech, Lallemand and Syngenta-Enogen. At Mist, Sande will be responsible for sales calls, technical support, training and product marketing. He will work directly with Michael Welker in assisting producers with clean-in-place and fermentation challenges.

Sande studied food science at the University of Wisconsin, the Siebel Institute for Brewing Microbiology, as well as several Lallemand Alcohol Schools and short courses.