ICM celebrates 20 years in the ethanol, renewable fuels industry

By ICM Inc. | March 19, 2015

ICM Inc. is proudly celebrating 20 years of innovation in the ethanol and renewable fuels industries. ICM was founded on Jan. 23, 1995 with only 20 employees, which made their mark by designing and manufacturing the industry’s most efficient distillers grain dryer. Through the years, ICM grew to employ hundreds of the industry’s brightest minds and to design more than 100 ethanol plants.

Throughout the industry’s highs and lows, the people of ICM have remained committed to its growth, always maintaining a passionate belief in its potential to positively impact agriculture, clean air, energy independence, local community, and economies around the world.  

“I think 20 years of innovation is an appropriate way to describe the life of the company,” says ICM President Chris Mitchell. “It started out as a small group of people who had to come together and figure out what they were going to do when they started the business. Over the years, it transformed into a larger family of people who’ve had to come together and figure out how to best meet the needs of an evolving industry.”  

Some of these needs have led to the development of key innovations such as improved dryers, greenfield plants, Corn Oil Separation, Selective Milling Technology, Fiber Separation Technology, and Gen 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology.

Reflecting on the company’s history, ICM CEO Dave Vander Griend says, “There was kind of a defining moment in time when a lot of things—like policy, public perception, and technology—all came together to help ethanol find its place. I feel fortunate to have been there, to have the background I had at the time, and to be surrounded by a good group of people and industry partners who could rally together and really grab ahold of the thing and help it grow.”

“It’s been our privilege over the last 20 years to help the biofuels industry gain relevance,” says Mitchell. “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve. Innovation is a common theme for everyone at ICM, and it will remain so for the next 20 years.”

To learn more about the history of ICM, to view the 20th anniversary video, or to sign the company’s anniversary guestbook, visit icm20years.com