Business Briefs

People, Partnerships & Deals
By Ethanol Producer Magazine Staff | June 26, 2013

1. The American Coalition for Ethanol has joined the ASTM Technical Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. The organization is represented by Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of ACE. The committee meets twice a year, and currently has jurisdiction over 580 standards. Standards developed during committee meetings play an important role in all aspects relating to the standardization of petroleum products and lubricants. 

2. The Renewable Fuels Association has added Dawn Schueller Moore to its staff as communications director. Prior to joining the RFA, Moore served as press secretary to Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., for nearly three years. She has publicized issues and events related to agriculture, rural development, and antitrust legislation. Moore rounds out RFA’s communications team, which is led by Christina Martin, executive vice president. She will serve as a point person for day-to-day press activities and will actively participate in social media. 

3. The U.S. Grains Council, the National Corn Growers Association, Maizer, which represents Argentina producers and the corn supply chain, and Abramilho, the Brazilian Association of Corn Producers, have signed a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance of North and South American corn producers named Maizall—The International Maize Alliance. The alliance members will collaborate on a global basis to address issues concerning food, security, biotechnology, stewardship, trade and producer image. The primary focus of the alliance is to emphasize the need for better consumer understanding of production agriculture. Maizall will also conduct outreach to governments and stakeholders on the need for trade-enabling biotechnology policies and regulatory procedures. 

4. The board of directors of Betaseed have appointed John Enright as president, effective July 1. Enright joined the company in late 1995 and has held a number of roles in accounting and administration, most recently as chief financial officer. He has been a member of the Beta-seed senior leadership team for more than six years, contributing to the development and implementation of the company’s strategic plan. Enrick replaces outgoing President Kurt Wickstrom. Betaseed has also promoted Jason Evenson to the position of regional sales manager in the American Crystal Sugar Co. market. Evenson became a sales representative for the company in 2006. Headquartered in Shakopee, Minn., Betaseed is a leading marketer of sugar beet seed. 

5. Friesland, Wis.-based United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC has joined Growth Energy. UWGP began producing ethanol in 2005 and now has the capacity to produce 58 MMgy, along with 200,000 tons of distillers grains. The facility’s ethanol yield rate is 2.86 gallons per bushel, and the company has recorded more than $100 million in total earnings since beginning operations. UWGP brings Growth Energy plant membership to 79, with an additional 78 associate members.
6. Atlas Commodities LLC has announced that Joshua Bailer has joined its management team as managing director. In his new position, Bailer is charged with leading the firm’s new suite of brokered products under the name Next Generation Commodities. Based in Miami,  NGC includes coverage of biofuels, credits and other alternative energy projects. Prior to joining Atlas Commodities, Bailer spent three years as head of U.S. biofuels at Sucden Americas Corp.. He has also worked with Morgan Stanley in its oil and refined products trading division. 

7. The Biotechnology Industry Organization has welcomed several new members, including Lignol Energy Corp. and Lanza-Tech. Burnaby, British Columbia-based Lignol Energy is developing biorefining technologies for cellulosic biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products. LanzaTech, which is based in New Zealand and has U.S. headquarters in Chicago, has developed a fermentation process to produce fuels and chemicals, including ethanol, from waste gas. With the addition of these companies, BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section membership now includes more than 85 companies. 

8. Brazil-based GranBio has announced it will open a U.S. operations office in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The company has also named Vonnie Estes as managing director-U.S. In her new role, Estes will lead GranBio’s efforts to access new technologies and establish key public and private collaborations for the company’s continued global expansion in advanced biorefinery development. Estes has more than two decades of experience leading technology and commercial development programs for global chemical companies, including building new business through multibillion dollar partnerships and new value chains in technology-focused businesses. Prior to joining GranBio, Estes served as vice president of corporate development at Codesix Inc. She has also held positions at DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol and Syngenta. 

9. Maple Energy plc, an integrated energy company that operates a sugarcane ethanol plant in Peru, has announced that Rex Canon, CEO and co-founder, is stepping down from the company and its subsidiaries effective July 31. Canon led the Maple organization for nearly 20 years. Following his departure, Canon will pursue other business interests in the Americas, but has agreed to remain as a consultant to Maple Energy through Dec. 31. Guillermo Ferreyros has been appointed to replace Canon. He most recently served as general manager of Maple’s ethanol business. Ferreyros will immediately take the position of chief operating officer and CEO-designate, and will become CEO following Canon’s July 31 departure. 

10. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Sperry One Stop in Coon Rapids, Iowa, has become the state’s sixth retailer to offer E15 as a registered fuel. Sperry One Stop is located on Highway 141 in Coon Rapids. The IRFA works with retailers offering E15 to ensure they comply with federal and state regulations. 


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