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FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: USGC names new manager of ethanol trade policy, and announces a new member, Jerke begins role as SIRE's president and CEO, and D3Max plant construction begins in Wisconsin.
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | November 20, 2018

Wilson promoted to USGC manager of ethanol trade policy
The U.S. Grains Council has promoted Candice Wilson to manager of ethanol trade policy.

Wilson joined USGC in September 2017 as the graduate fellow in economics and ethanol. In this role, Wilson worked on a variety of projects ranging from ethanol research to analysis of global supply and demand for coarse grains and products.

In her new role, Wilson will take on the larger task of managing trade policy issues related to ethanol, in addition to continued work on global economic analysis.

“Given the number of trade policy challenges we face in the world of ethanol, Candice will have her hands full,” says Mike Dwyer, USGC chief economist. “Her work with our staff and main ethanol partners will continue to address these challenges and pursue new markets for U.S. ethanol.”

Before joining USGC, Wilson completed both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics at Kansas State University. Additionally, she worked as an international intern with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Brussels, Belgium.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies joins US Grains Council
Fluid Quip Process Technologies is a new member of the U.S. Grains Council.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies was founded on experience and know-how within the corn wet milling and ethanol production industries. The company’s engineering and technical leadership team has been developing new technologies and process solutions applicable to the biofuels and biochemical industries for more than 25 years.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies has industrialized multiple patented technologies geared toward enhancing the corn-to-ethanol dry grind process, creating alternative coproducts and supplying the growing need for carbohydrate building blocks in the biochemical market.

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy announces executive leadership transition
Brian Cahill has retired from his position as president and CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC. Michael Jerke was appointed president and CEO, effective Oct. 22.

“When Brian joined SIRE 10 years ago, the plant had recently commenced operations,” said Karol King, chairman of SIRE’s board of directors. “Brian led the SIRE team as the plant achieved stable production, and then grew from 110 million gallons per year of ethanol production to 140 million gallons. At the same time, new coproducts were added, manufacturers of other products using SIRE outputs were co-located at SIRE’s plant, many other capital improvements were implemented, and SIRE’s debt was substantially reduced, all while maintaining SIRE’s status as a premier, locally owned ethanol producer. On behalf of SIRE’s members, the board of directors and the SIRE team, we wish Brian the best in his well-deserved retirement.” 

Ace Ethanol begins construction of D3Max plant in Wisconsin
D3Max LLC and Ace Ethanol LLC have started construction of the first D3Max facility at Ace Ethanol’s plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3Max technology into its existing corn dry mill.

“The team at D3Max, along with the Ace Ethanol team, is extremely excited to start building the first commercial-scale facility,” says Mark Yancey, chief technology officer at D3Max. The integrated facility will also employ membrane-based ethanol recovery technology supplied by Whitefox Technologies.

“We have assembled the best team with the best technologies to build the first commercial-scale D3Max plant,” Yancey says. “We are employing a fully integrated design at the Ace plant, which will make the facility one of the most energy efficient ethanol plants in the U.S. with the highest ethanol yield per bushel. The combined facilities will be so efficient that the energy use of the new integrated facility will be approximately the same as the current Ace Ethanol plant. We are very excited to make this announcement and begin the construction of what we believe will be the new benchmark for the industry.”

According to Yancey, the D3Max process is the only corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol process that will not require an independent engineer to validate the cellulosic ethanol production every 500,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol produced. With the D3Max process, cellulosic ethanol gallons can be measured directly, avoiding the cost of re-certification required by the U.S. EPA for coprocessing and in-situ corn kernel fiber processes.
BetaTec Hop Products promotes John Forte to president  
John Forte has been named president of BetaTech Hop Products. Since joining the company in 2014, Forte has spearheaded major strategy and organizational shifts expanding BetaTec’s global presence in multiple industries.

As vice president of BetaTec, Forte implemented the U.K.-based BetaTec Innovation Centre, a state-of-the-art laboratory office that enables in-house technical integration from research and development to quality-assurance services.

“Over the course of the last four years, John has built BetaTec into a cohesive company with a global presence to serve multiple industries and customers effectively,” says Alex Barth, CEO of John I. Haas. BetaTec Hop Products is the brewing application arm of John I. Haas Inc. “John is driven by a passion to provide BetaTec’s existing and prospective customers a natural solution to the common chemical treatment regimens. John and his team continue to look for new ways of unlocking the powers of hops for markets beyond the brewing industry.”

Forte received his Master of Business Administration in organizational leadership and economics from Rosemont College.