French Oil Mill Machinery Co. Rehires Robert Pavlik as Oilseed Sales Engineer

French Oil Mill Machinery Company in mid-April announced the rehiring of Robert Pavlik, who will join Pavlik_Robertthe Oilseed Group as Oilseed Sales Engineer.

Pavlik will work under the supervision of President, Jason McDaniel, and with veteran Sales Engineer, Jim King, to partner with new and existing customers in both domestic and international markets to develop processing methods and to supply the appropriate oilseed preparation equipment including flaking mills, cracking mills, cooker/conditioners, oil extraction screw presses and other related equipment needed to optimize each customer’s unique processing methods.

Pavlik brings over 30 years of capital equipment sales and process development experience to his position, including almost 10 years of French oilseed equipment sales from 1985 through 1994.  He was most recently employed by Bartell Machinery Systems LLC, in Rome, New York, where he managed key account locations in the United States, Europe, Russia, India and Asia.  This background has helped Pavlik to make an easy transition into his current position with French. Pavlik holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from The University of Cincinnati.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Bob back on our team.  He is truly committed to customer partnerships and to delivering results for our customers.” said Daniel P. French, Chairman and CEO of French Oil Mill Machinery Company. “His prior familiarity with our equipment and markets, plus his professional experiences since, will allow us to better serve our oilseed customers throughout the world.”


Texas A&M University Food Protein R&D Center and IOMSA Host 84th Annual Oil Mill Operators Short Course April 10-12 in Des Moines, IA

Picture1Over 30 oilseed processing industry professionals convened April 10-12 for the 84th annual Oil Mill Operators Short Course at the Holiday Inn in downtown Des Moines, IA. The course is hosted by the Texas A&M University Food Protein R&D Center and IOMSA.

Educational sessions included:

  • “Update on high oleic soybeans, new traits and identity preservation” – Dave Tegeder, Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
  • “Industry update/trends” – Adolfo Subieta, DeSmet Ballestra.
  • “Comprehensive heat recovery through the use of plate heat exchangers” – Mohamed Abid, Solex Thermal Science, Inc.
  • “Recent trends in oilseed processing” – Doug Reuscher, Roskamp Champion.
  • “FSMA compliance and GHC” – David Fairfield, NGFA.
  • “Industry update” – Chas Teeter, Crown Iron Works.
  • “Process efficiency improvements due to maintenance and training” – Thorsten Muenker, SIWACO GmbH.
  • “Vegetable oil processing and the recent advancement, an overview” – Mohammad Alam, Texas A&M University — Process Engineering R&D Center.

In addition to the educational sessions, the short course also included a social mixer (sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Processors), a tour of DuPont Pioneer’s R&D facility in Johnston, IA, as well as a trip to Principal Park to see the Iowa Cubs take on the New Orleans Zephyrs.