2002 Review-Business

EPM is proud to profile the ethanol industry's suppliers and service providers on a monthly basis. In 2002, companies were profiled in several different sections of the magazine, including Industry Builder, Equipment Performance & Technology, Company Spotlight, and other sections. Our readers appreciate the information because it helps them form purchasing, leasing and building decisions. EPM will continue to profile ethanol industry suppliers and service providers in 2003. Here's a look at the 2002 profiles.
By | December 01, 2002
Fagen, Inc.
As part of an EPM series , which began in 2001, featuring companies that design and build ethanol plants, EPM profiled Granite Falls, Minn.-based Fagen, Inc. in January.

"We're thrilled to be part of the unprecedented boom in the ethanol industry today," Fagen President and CEO Ron Fagen told EPM. "I have assembled a very dynamic, talented group of professionals to assist any new group with interest in developing a new plant - from the formation of a cooperative or LLC all the way to the finish line and beyond."

Delta-T Corp.
EPM continued its Industry Builder series in February with Delta-T Corp., of Williamsburg, Virginia.

"Delta-T's business development group has made strong inroads to help U.S. farmers develop their own projects, raise equity, and obtain financing through partnerships with banking centers and alternative creative ventures. They are also focused on assisting emerging fuel ethanol markets in Mexico, Australia, India, and wherever there's an interest in greener fuels, said Larry Johnson, U.S. business development manager for the company.

Also in February, EPM was one of the first to announce that Kabo Chemicals, a longtime chemical supplier to the ethanol industry, had been acquired by Lubrizol Corporation just a month earlier.

"With this acquisition," said Frank Magazine, Kabo's vice president of operations, "we will extend our coverage of the antifoamer and defoamer market internationally. . . We recognize the ethanol industry is growing globally and we are building this division as an entity that serves customers worldwide."

Victory Energy
February's issue also featured an article on Victory Energy, one of the nation's first companies to install a thermal oxidizer air pollution control system to effectively eliminate distillers grains dryer stack emissions.

"The thermal oxidizer and waste heat boiler package will provide guaranteed emission reduction, up to 99 percent destruction of odorous emissions, VOCs, HAPs, opacity emissions, while providing steam system operation efficiencies of greater than 90 percent, thus lowering the overall operating costs of your plant," John Viskup, a representative of the company, told EPM.

Bio-Renewable Group"Highly regarded by ethanol plant design/build firms in the Upper Midwest as a dependable and experienced heavy industrial contractor, Fargo, N.D.-based Wanzek along with Omaha-based C.J. Schneider Engineering (CJS) and international construction giant SUITT (a BE&K company) have joined forces as Bio-Renewable Group: Energy Engineers & Constructors, a new design/build alliance that utilizes the process technology of Vogelbusch USA, Inc.," EPM reported in March.

Also in the month of March, EPM announced that Fairfield, N.J.-based PhibroChem, a division of Phillips Brothers Chemicals Inc., had assembled an international sales and research team to manage an anticipated increase in worldwide sales of the antimicrobial Lactrol.

"This area of research (fermentation population dynamics and control of microbial contamination during continuous ethanol fermentation) is relatively new and unexplored - at least unanswered," Dennis Bayrock, a company microbiologist, told EPM. " "So many questions remain in this specific area."

Burns & McDonnell
"Economy of scale is important for all process plants," John Nobles, president of Burns & McDonnell's process & industrial division, told EPM in July. "But probably no one will have Archer Daniels Midland-size economy of scale. And that's why we believe a far greater competitive advantage awaits those who seek out unique opportunities for ethanol plants. Niche synergies can blow away economy of scale."

Nobles told EPM an ethanol project can find competitive advantages in several ways, including: integrating a cattle feedlot, integration with another chemical plant or bioprocesing plant, cogeneration, or simply applying advanced process technologies."

In September, EPM profiled AgMotion Software, a web-deployed application intended to help commodity-driven organizations control costs and operate more efficiently. AgMotion told us its suite of software products manages the marketing, procurement, logistics and tracking aspects of the supply chain, while integrating with a variety of financial packages.

"The first time I saw AgMotion Software, I knew we needed it," said Jim Jolly, national manager of distillers grains for Land O' Lakes Farmland Feed. "With the explosive expansion of the ethanol industry, we are excited about the opportunities our partnership with AgMotion provides to Land O' Lakes and our customers."

In our October issue, EPM profiled an interesting North Dakota-based company that has found an innovative way to package distillers grains. Since 1991, SweetPro Feeds has been using distillers grains as the principle ingredient in several of its patented cattle feed products, including lick barrels and bagged feed products. Most of the company's products contain 30 to 50 percent DDGS and condensed solubles. "Our business revolves around distillers grains," SweetPro President Bob Thornberg told EPM. "That's why we're in this business. That's how it all got started."

Trintiy IndustriesEPM's "train" of informative company profiles continued in 2002 with a look at Trinity Rail Group's 6,351 cubic foot DDGS hopper car. This uniquely oversized hopper car, simply referred to by the company as the "6351 CF" model, has been optimally designed to transport distillers dried grains. In fact, Trinity designed the car with DDGS in mind, they told us in November.

"Producers and marketers of distillers grains might be especially interested in the 6351," said Andrew Brown, director of engineering and agricultural/mineral freight cars for Trinity Rail Group, ". . . A simultaneous need for a car to carry SEM (solvent extracted meal) in a similar density to DDGS prompted us to design the four hopper 6351 CF, the largest car of its type."