Business Briefs

People, Partnerships & Deals
By Ethanol Producer Magazine Staff | April 11, 2012

1. Scott Thurlow has been named president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, replacing Gordon Quaiattini who stepped down from the position last year. A lawyer, Thurlow most recently served as vice president with Temple Scott Associates, where he provided strategic government relations advice to businesses and nongovernmental associations. “Renewable fuels are already a significant part of Canada’s energy mix,” Thurlow said. “I look forward to collaborating with the CRFA’s membership to help them work with all levels of government to promote the use of renewable fuels.”

2. Marcos Jank announced in late March that he will step down as president of UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association. He will remain in the position until a successor is chosen. Jank joined UNICA in 2007 and led a major reform of the organization’s objectives and strategy. Under Jank’s leadership, UNICA’s international work played a key role in two major achievements, according to the organization: the U.S. EPA’s 2010 decision to designate sugarcane ethanol as an “advanced biofuel,” in recognition of its documented ability to sharply reduce CO2 emissions compared to gasoline; and the expiration at the end of 2011 of the 54-cent-per-gallon tariff.

3. Pinnacle Engineering has opened a new office in Omaha, Neb., with Matt Henry transferring from the company’s corporate office in Minneapolis to lead the office. Henry is responsible for air quality permits, stack test management and annual compliance services for the renewable energy market.

4. Robert Anderson has joined legal firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as a partner. With 30 years of experience helping corporate clients in the energy industry on a wide range of finance and project development efforts, he will lead the renewable energy practice area of the firm’s energy, resources and clean tech industry group. With the merger of Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels in January, the firm has more than 800 legal and consulting professionals working in the U.S. and internationally.

5. Shawn Easterly has joined Memphis-based Buckman Laboratories Inc. as its new energy center specialist working exclusively with ethanol plants.  Buckman offers a wide range of water treatment products and services for the ethanol industry, and with the addition of Easterly’s expertise, the company is expanding its technology and services. Most recently, Easterly was with New Age Cryo where he provided energy center consulting services as well as dry ice cleaning in ethanol plants.

6. Blake Moret, senior vice president, control products and solutions, Rockwell Automation, was elected vice chair of The Manufacturing Institute board of trustees. “The institute is playing an important role developing our manufacturing workforce, and maximizing the impact of technical innovation,” Moret said. “We have an opportunity to link related activities between industry, centers of learning and government agencies.”

7. Jim Suetholz has been appointed as the central United States sales manager for Stedman Machine Co. He has more than 17 years of experience in capital equipment sales in the mining, steel and various other heavy industries throughout North America. His responsibilities include selling crushing equipment and size reduction systems in the central U.S.

8. Novozymes CEO and President Steen Riisgaard was named the 2012 George Washington Carver Award recipient for innovation in industrial biotechnology by BIO’s industrial and environmental section. The award honors the vision of George Washington Carver, an originator of the “chemurgy” movement who, more than a century ago, achieved world renown by combining agriculture and science to produce everyday biobased products, changing the nature of farm economics and sustainability. Industrial biotechnology is the modern-day equivalent, combining biotech innovations with renewable biomass to create solutions that can revitalize manufacturing and energy, according to BIO.

9. Abe Hughes and Bob Casper have joined the board of directors of Growth Energy. Hughes is the vice president North America for New Holland Agriculture. Casper is the president of Ethanol Products LLC, a subsidiary of Poet Ethanol Products. Growth Energy represents 75 U.S. ethanol producers and 63 associated companies in its advocacy efforts to promote emission reductions, create American jobs and strengthen national security through increased use of ethanol.

10. Following a 36-year career at Archer Daniels Midland Co., John Rice is retiring. Rice joined ADM in 1976 as a tax accountant. In 1993, he was elected a vice president of the company, and subsequently served as president, North American oilseeds and food oils; and senior vice president, global corn processing, bioproducts and food. In 2005, Rice was elected executive vice president, global marketing and risk management; and in 2007, he was named executive vice president, commercial and production. In 2010, Rice was named vice chairman, office of the chairman, a role designed to apply his expertise to an expanded set of strategic challenges including extracting value from existing assets and driving operational excellence.
11. An electrical designer at Epic Systems Inc., Angela Schwartz received the Epic Way Award at the company’s annual meeting. Founded in 1995, Epic is a multidiscipline engineering and fabrication firm providing turnkey solutions for modular process plants and systems and other packaging and manufacturing systems.

12. The GEA Group has acquired Nu-Con Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand, a major global supplier of powder handling components, complete powder handling systems and bulk filling lines. Sales and services in North America for GEA Nu-Con products and solutions will be handled by GEA Process Engineering Inc., which is recognized as a leader in industrial drying, thermal concentration, membrane filtration, powder processing and handling, emission control, and aseptic liquid filling as well as process integration and process automation solutions.

13. Burns & McDonnell has received a Grand Conceptor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Missouri Chapter for a cellulosic ethanol demonstration project. ZeaChem Inc. hired Burns & McDonnell in 2010 to provide engineering design, procurement and construction management services for its 250,000 gallon-per-year demonstration facility in Boardman, Ore. The Grand Conceptor is the highest recognition given by the ACEC for engineering excellence.

14. Perten Instruments is celebrating its 50 year anniversary. Founded on the commercialization of the now, world standard falling number method to determine sprout damage in grains, Perten is at the forefront of testing and analysis of grains, grain products, feed and food production and provides both functional and compositional forms of analysis. Today’s systems include analyzers for in-line/on-line devices, interfacing to plant systems and automation.


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