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FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association elects officers, RFA welcomes new members, and JTI services joins the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | February 09, 2018

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association elects officers
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently elected its board of directors, officers and executive committee for 2018. Each producer member has a seat on the board and votes on officers. New officers will serve a one-year term during the 2018 calendar year.

Board of Directors Officers
President: Eamonn Byrne, Lakeview Plymouth Energy
Vice President: Bill Howell, Poet Biorefining – Coon Rapids
Treasurer: Derek Winkel, Renewable Energy Group Inc.
Secretary: Eric Hakmiller, Lincolnway Energy
Executive Director: Monte Shaw (nonvoting)

The IRFA Executive Committee is comprised of the IRFA officers and other members as elected by the board. Elected to join the IRFA officers on the Executive Committee for 2018 are:

Past President: Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel
At-Large: Craig Willis, Archer Daniels Midland
At-Large: Rick Schwarck, Absolute Energy

4 associate members join RFA
Four new members have joined the Renewable Fuels Association in recent weeks: NALCO Water, Whitefox Technologies, Renewable Fuels Nebraska and K Coe Isom.

NALCO Water, based in Naperville, Illinois, is a provider of water treatment and process improvements, helping ethanol producers increase performance, lower the total cost of operation and boost profitability.

Whitefox Technologies, based in London, is focused on membrane applications and processes. The company combines knowledge of membrane separation with efficient process integration for new or existing production facilities.

Renewable Fuels Nebraska, based in Lincoln, is the trade association for Nebraska’s ethanol industry, which produces more than 2 billion gallons annually, making it the second top state for ethanol production.

K Coe Isom, based in Lenexa, Kansas, is a national accounting and consulting firm focused on food and agriculture. In addition to tax, audit and lending management, the company also consults with many biofuel producers on specific projects.

JTI Services joins Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association
JTI Services LLC has joined the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association’s growing roster of vendor members.
“We are pleased to welcome our latest member, JTI Services,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. “Based in Winthrop, Minnesota, JTI Services provides electrical preventative maintenance and safety services to ethanol plants in southern Minnesota.” 

Cody Jackson, JTI Services operations manager and certified level-III thermographer, said the company specializes in electrical infrared inspections and arc flash risk assessments.

“The electrical infrared inspections we provide to the ethanol industry help tremendously with cost savings while the arc flash risk assessments improve plant safety through injury prevention and compliance,”  he said.

JTI Services is a family-run business established in 2013 to complement the electrical contracting services provided by its sister company, Jackson Electric Inc.

Jackson said Minnesota’s ethanol industry has played a vital role in the company's growth so far and there are plans to expand its services to ethanol plants in other states.

“As JTI Services has grown in the last five years, we noticed that our core values and services align the best with ethanol plants and the everyday needs they have. We are experts in the electrical preventive maintenance industry and our expertise is best put to use solving the problems ethanol plants face daily.”

Apart from the ethanol industry, Jackson said the company also provides services to heavy commercial industries such as manufacturing and food processing.