Business Briefs

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

1. Lincoln Energy Solutions  is expanding its storage capacity at Belton, S.C. The newly constructed tanks will provide storage for 1.5 million gallons of ethanol and 400,000 gallons for biodiesel. Additionally, a 225,000 gallon water tank is being built as part of a foam fire suppression system. Expected to be completed June 1, the facility improvements will expedite the off-loading process of 80-car unit trains for quicker and more efficient turns, completing off-loads in only 48 hours and cutting the previous time required by nearly half.  Lincoln Energy Solutions receives its ethanol supply through a strategic business relationship with Archer Daniels Midlands Co.

2. Jeff Lautt was named CEO of Poet LLC, stepping up from the position as president that he was named to last year. He succeeds Jeff Broin who steps down after 25 years. Broin will continue leading the company’s board as executive chairman and guide the activities of his newly created foundation, “Teach a Man to Fish.”

3. Jerry Taylor, CEO of MFA Oil, a farmer-owned energy cooperative in Columbia, Mo., was recognized by the White House for being a Champion of Change. MFA Oil entered the renewable fuels markets in the 1960s when it purchased an ethanol plant to make gasohol, and currently invests in oil refining and biodiesel production, as well as distributing ethanol and biodiesel blends. MFA Oil Biomass, a partnership with Aloterra Energy, was started in 2011 to capitalize on the unique qualities of miscanthus as an energy crop. Taylor is on the board of National Cooperative Refinery Association and Mid-America Biofuels. American Coalition for Ethanol Vice President Ron Lamberty noted that Taylor and MFA have distributed tens of thousands of the brochure, “Why is Ethanol Good for my Car,” in the last decade. MFA Oil was recognized by ACE in 2006 for its efforts in marketing ethanol.

4. Telvent GIT SA has launched DTN Fuel Admin, a unique dashboard solution to improve bill-to-cash cycle for fuel marketers. Complex bill of ladings (BOLs), delivered from varying sources and on varying schedules, create administrative hassles for fuel marketers and impede the bill-to-cash cycle. Using Fuel Admin, users now have the capacity to receive streamlined, accurate electronic bills of lading and can rely on delivery within minutes of load completion. In addition, the new solution improves efficiency and profitability for marketers by providing standardized, easy to read eBOLs.

5. Arisdyne Systems Inc. received patent approval for the apparatus and method of increasing alcohol yield from grain using controlled flow cavitation. “We have worked diligently, with the help of our engineering and scientific teams, to develop sound intellectual property around our hydrodynamic controlled flow cavitation technology,” said Oleg Kozyuk, chief technology officer and founder of Arisdyne. “The patent, issued by the [U.S. Patent and Trademark Office], validates the unique nature of our company and the approaches we are taking to improve ethanol yield through simple, small-footprint, energy-efficient, retrofit solutions. We will continue to expand patent portfolio coverage as we develop more inventions.”  

6. GreenShift Corp. received a fifth patent covering its corn oil extraction processes. U.S. Patent number 8,168,037 is titled “Method and Systems for Enhancing Oil Recovery From Ethanol Production.” David Winsness, chief technology officer added in the announcement, “GreenShift has pledged to protect the competitive advantage of its licensees and the additional protection is extremely important to our licensees and shareholders.”

7. Feedpail is a new website launched to connect feed manufacturers and livestock producers. Southern Minnesotan Ryan Cooney wanted to create a quicker, easier and more enjoyable way to buy and sell feed ingredients. The free service offers a list of about 40 ingredients, including distillers dried grains options. Users can search by feed ingredient and geography to find prices and availability. Once a quantity and price are agreed to, the contact information of the buyer and seller is shared so they can complete the transaction. All sales are kept confidential and are subject to each party’s terms, conditions and policies. Visit

8. ExperTune Inc., a process control software provider, has added interactive on-line training including hands-on practice using ExperTune’s virtual classroom and coaching from a live instructor. Control technicians and engineers can select courses on basic control loop tuning theory and practice, dealing with valve problems such as hysteresis and stiction, as well as classes specific to the company’s PlantTriage software. Students log in via the Internet to the ExperTune Virtual Classroom.  There, they have access to course materials, a dedicated simulator and all the software needed. 

9. Verenium Corp. announced the repurchase of all its outstanding convertible senior notes, totaling $34.9 million. “This is an important milestone for Verenium,” said Jeff Black, chief financial officer. “By eliminating the debt overhang on the company, we now have a more flexible capital structure that will allow us to invest in areas critical to grow our business and create future shareholder value.”

10. Chicago-based Gold Eagle Co., a producer and distributor of aftermarket fluids and additives, recently created a user-friendly tool to help educate consumers on ethanol-blended fuels. The ABCs and E of Ethanol, available at, shares background history about ethanol and the pros and cons of the biofuel. “We recognized that many of our consumers were confused about ethanol, and we wanted to create a resource to help provide some clarity,” said Tom Bingham, director of marketing.

11. Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC announced the sale of four Selective Grind Technology systems. The two systems purchased by Greenfield Ethanol Inc. will improve ethanol yield at its Johnstown, Ontario, and Varennes, Quebec, facilities. Center Ethanol Co. LLC, Sauget, Ill., has also purchased a system. The fourth sale, to an undisclosed facility, will be the first 100 MMgy SGT installation. The technology improves ethanol yield by grinding grit starch while also improving oil yield by grinding germ.

In a roundup of news headlines from the past month: 

Pacific Ethanol Columbia LLC has signed on to use Mascoma Grain Technology yeast product at its 40 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Boardman, Ore. 

•  Montana Advanced Biofuels recently received the air permit for its proposed 115 MMgy plant in Great Falls, Mont.; the project awaits U.S. DOE loan guarantee.  

•  Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP put its 16-inch dedicated ethanol pipeline into service between its Linden, N.J., unit train facility and its largest New York Harbor terminal. 

•  Western Plains Energy LLC received $5 million from the USDA Repowering Assistance Program to support construction of its anaerobic digester to power the 50 MMgy plant in Oakley, Kan. 

•  Nebraska-based Rayeman Elements Inc. is producing 100 percent distillers grains supplemental products for forage animals, compressing the DGs into cubes with minimal fines.

•  Tennessee-based ethanol marketing firm Eco-Energy Holdings Inc. is developing an ethanol unit train and storage facility to serve the Atlanta, Ga., area, similar to one just completed in Denton, N.C.


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