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FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Buckman add to leadership team, and The Andersons expanding use of ICM technology.
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | January 21, 2019

Buckman adds leadership roles
Buckman, a global company specializing in chemical and smart solutions, announced three additions to its leadership team: chief operating officer, chief digital officer and chief information officer.

Anthony Rindone will serve as Buckman’s chief operating officer, responsible for global manufacturing operations and supply chain with a strong focus on operational excellence, safety and efficiency. His direct experience in the chemical industry helps Buckman continue to invest in new technology and optimize operations around the world.

Naraimha Rao will serve as Buckman’s chief digital officer, focusing on constructing and executing a customer-focused digital strategy that further solidifies Buckman’s position in providing customer-specific chemical solutions with the benefits of smart technologies. His strong educational and professional background allows him to build upon Buckman’s recent customer successes with smart technologies in even more markets around the world.

Rahul Goturi joins Buckman as its chief information officer, responsible for leading the company’s internal digital transformation with a focus on technology investments and cyber security infrastructure.
“For 73 years, Buckman has been dedicated to providing strong product innovation to the industries we serve,” says Junai Maharaj, Buckman’s president and CEO. “Today, we are pioneering digitally enabled knowledge management and combining it to deliver what our customers need and expect. That’s more than chemistry. ... It’s information they can act on. As customers undoubtedly look for more connectivity, data, insights and control into their processes, we will be ready with the latest chemical, digital and human solutions that ensure their success.”

Rindone, Rao and Goturi will be based at the company’s headquarters in Memphis.

The Andersons to implement ICM technologies
The Andersons Inc. will license ICM Inc.’s Fiber Separation Technology Next Gen, Selective Milling Technology (SMT V2), and Thin Stillage Solids Separation System (TS4) at its plants across the U.S.

“We have experienced operational benefits of the TS4 process at our Greenville, Ohio, plant,” said Mike Irmen, president of The Andersons Ethanol Group. “We are looking forward to expanding our use of ICM’s technologies and implementing ICM’s TS4, FST Next Gen and SMT V2 systems into additional facilities.”

Tom Ranallo, vice president of operations for ICM, says, “The Andersons is always looking for innovative, cost-effective ways to improve their operations. We’re very excited that, once again, they have trusted ICM as their partner of choice and selected our technologies as best solutions to bring more value to their plants.”

SMT V2 is designed to maximize ethanol and distillers oil production while minimizing operational expenses. The patented technology maximizes the amount of starch exposed for conversion to ethanol and oil available for recovery while preserving fiber for higher value platform applications.
FST Next Gen is designed to maximize throughput in ethanol manufacturing facilities while minimizing energy consumption. The system removes fiber before fermentation, allowing more fermentable carbohydrates to be loaded into each batch for fermentation.

TS4 is ICM’s patent-pending technology platform that provides opportunities for separating the stillage process stream into its most valuable components: protein, clarified solubles and oil. The TS4 process improves dryer and evaporator efficiencies by reducing solids in stillage.

ICM will engineer, design, manufacture and install the technologies in selected plants operated by The Andersons beginning this year.