Kris Knudson Joins Crown Iron Works

Kris Knudson has been named vice president-Global Liquid Products segment leader at Crown Iron Works, Roseville, MN, a global supplier of oilseed processing technology, engineering, equipment and plants for preparation, extraction, refining, biodiesel, oleochemical, and specialty processing.

Knudson comes to the company from Cargill Inc. with 19 years of extensive experience in their Oils & Shortenings segment, including management roles in engineering, plant operations and food ingredient sales.

Prior to Cargill, he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering
from Montana State University.

“We are excited to announce the hiring of a strong leader with a proven
track record in the vegetable oils industry,” said Bill Antilla, Crown Companies
Business Unit Leader.

“Kris’ background is an excellent fit into our newly formed role. Furthermore, I have witnessed his leadership approach, focus on being a customer solutions provider, commitment to developing his team; coupled with a tireless drive for success, that fits perfectly with our strategic direction.”

Knudson will focus on growing Crown’s global liquid products business, which
includes refining, biodiesel, glycerin refining and fatty acid processing with key
responsibilities that encompass all aspects of sales, marketing, engineering,
technology, strategy, and business development.

The position serves on the Crown Global Leadership Team that sets the company’s strategic direction and is a newly formed role focusing on global growth and expansion for their liquids
product lines.

Minnesota Soybean Processors to Build Soybean Processing Plant/Biodiesel Refinery in Spiritwood, ND

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and leaders of Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its subsidiary, North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP), in early February announced MnSP is taking steps toward construction of a $240 million soybean processing plant – the first of its Microsoft Word - Blank Credit Application.dockind in North Dakota – at Spiritwood, N.D.


The plant would be an integrated soybean crush facility and refinery, crushing 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day. It would produce soybean meal, refined, bleached and deodorized soybean oil, and biodiesel.

MnSP, a membership cooperative that owns and operates a soybean crush facility and biodiesel operation in Brewster, MN, has selected a site on 150 acres near Spiritwood. The coop would move forward with construction following further due diligence, necessary approvals and a successful engineering study.

By selecting the Spiritwood site, MnSP is able to conduct a preliminary front-end engineering and design study, which will be used to determine feasibility of construction. MnSP is working with the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to complete the construction feasibility study.

“The potential for this type of value-added project is great news for our farmers and the entire state of North Dakota,” Burgum said. “The NDSP plant will create value in the local community and beyond by creating 55 to 60 full-time jobs, supporting local service companies, vendors and suppliers and supporting the soybean price paid to local farmers.”

Gov. Burgum, MnSP Board President Bruce Hill and MnSP General Manager Scott Austin made the announcement during the annual Northern Soybean Expo and Trade Show in Fargo, joined by North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Our preliminary market analysis shows there are markets this facility would serve that would complement our current efforts at the Brewster facility to reach both global and domestic markets for meal and oil,” Austin said.

“We also believe that the biodiesel from this plant would serve both domestic and international markets.”

The NDSP plant would annually produce 900,000 tons of soybean meal, which is usually used as livestock feed for poultry and swine but can also be used for cattle, and 490 million pounds of oil. Half of the oil will be used to produce biodiesel, while the other half will be food-grade soybean oil.

The plant would utilize steam from the nearby Spiritwood Station, a coal-fired power plant operated by Great River Energy. MnSP has been working with the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. and meeting with the appropriate state agencies, including the Department of Commerce, Office of State Tax Commissioner and Bank of North Dakota.


USB: Meeting Animal Needs Drives Meal Demand

Frankfort, Indiana, soybean farmer and USB director Mike Beard admits that for years hisusb_main_logo1-1
focus has been on soybean yield and crop marketing, believing that to be the path to profitability. Lower prices have made him question that simplistic view of crop economics.

“My soybeans ultimately feed animals all over the world,” Beard says. “While they are the best source for protein for many species, it may be possible through processing and/or composition manipulation to better meet the nutritional needs of the animals we nourish. From this standpoint, I need to know what compositional values exist in the soybeans I produce, and I need to recognize the desires of the marketplace to feed the world’s meat animals.”

Demand for soybean oil and meal are the critical factors determining market value for soybeans. Both components are important, but when it comes to providing value to farmers, meal is the engine that drives profitability.

Although the market price per pound for soybean oil is typically higher than the price per pound of meal, the comparison doesn’t mean oil contributes more value per bushel of soybeans. There is about four times more meal than oil in a bushel of soybeans.

“Until oil delivers four times more value per pound than meal, the meal will provide more value per bushel,” says Nick Bajjalie, president of Integrative Nutrition in Decatur, Illinois. “While oil is typically higher on a per pound basis, when you look at their contributions on a per bushel of soybeans basis, meal is usually between 65 to 70 percent of the total product value.”

Bruce Weber, director of soybean product line grain marketing for CHS Inc., says comparatively, soybean oil is more stable long-term than meal. Oil can be easily stored for extended periods and pulled into the product pipeline when the market demands. Meal tends to move through the value chain more quickly.
“The need for both oil and meal makes processing plants run, depending upon what the market wants at the time,” Weber says. “Meal is more important to the price structure and the impacts of supply and demand are much closer.”

Weber says soybeans are highly valued as a meal crop. Oil uses are important to the overall product value, but buyers have more choices in the market if they’re looking for oil. Soybean meal is a different story.

“Soybean meal is still what drives profitability for processing plants and farmers,” Weber adds.

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Soybean Plant Approved by St. Lawrence County (NY) Planning Board

Plans to construct a $16 million soybean processing facility in the village of Massena, NY moved a step forward on Jan. 16.

The St. Lawrence County Planning Board voted to support the project, provided the developer meets several conditions.

Conditions include constructing a solid fence to separate the facility from two neighboring homes to reduce the impact of noise and light generated by truck traffic and operation of the plant.

County planning staff also made recommendations related to noise at the facility, which is expected to operate 24 hours a day. Recommendations also were made related to structure height, lighting and additional permits that are required.

Kenneth D. Jahre, a principal in St. Lawrence Soyway Co. LLC who resides in New York City, said Friday the firm is seeking some outside funding to help finance the $16 million project.

“I’m confident it’s going to happen,” Mr. Jahre said. “The process is in motion.”

He said the company is still working with an investment banker to secure enough funding for the project.

“It’s just a waiting game now,” he said.

St. Lawrence Soyway plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot processing facility that would crush soybeans into high-protein soy meal used primarily to feed dairy herds. It also can be used to feed hogs and poultry.

The plant would be constructed at the former village Department of Public Works site at 5933 Route 11. Last year, the Massena Village Board voted to rezone the site to a planned industrial district to accommodate the project.

The county’s recommendations will be returned to the Massena Village Planning Board, which is scheduled to discuss the project later this month.

Bunge Announces Plan to Increase Soybean Processing in Eastern Corn Belt

Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), announced on Jan. 9 it plans to take steps to improve the productivity of its leading soybean processing footprint in the Eastern United States.

The plan includes building Bunge’s first new processing plant in the U.S. in fifteen years. Locations in Ohio and Indiana are under final consideration for the new facility.

“As we evaluate the long-term demand for soy products, we see the need to improve our asset footprint in the Eastern U.S., a key market,” said Tim Gallagher, executive vice president, Oilseed Value Chain, Bunge North America.

“A state-of-the-art facility in the Eastern Corn Belt that incorporates the latest productivity, safety and sustainability features combined with an increase in overall efficiency of our existing footprint will ensure Bunge can serve growing demand in the Southeastern U.S. feed and export markets.”

Once site selection is complete, Bunge will have to obtain necessary approvals to move forward with the project which would be expected to go online by the end of 2019.

Save the Date! TAMU/IOMSA 85th Oil Mill Operators Short Course … April 2-4

Mark your calendar for the 85th Oil Mill Operators Short Course, organized bTEES_PERDC_Acronym_logo_MaroonRGBy Texas A&M University’s Process Engineering Research & Development Center (formerly the Food Protein Research & Development Center) and IOMSA.

This year’s short course will be held April 2-4, 2017 in College Station, TX.

Check the March/April issue of Oil Mill Gazetteer for course theme and topics, hotel information, and other details.

For more information, call Richard Clough, TAMU, at 979-862-2262.

Separators, Inc. Awarded Favorable Court Ruling

A ruling was handed down this mseparators_logo_4conth by the Johnson County Superior Court finding in favor of Separators, Inc.

In September of 2015, Separators filed a lawsuit alleging that former employees took confidential and proprietary information in the course of forming a competing company, Centrifuge Supplies.

“Over the course of thirty years, Separators has accumulated a massive technical library at significant expense and effort to help our customers,” said President Steve Dohm. “We are vindicated through this ruling. Throughout the process, the team remained positive.”

In the ruling handed down by Judge Marla Clark, the defendants were found in contempt of court after they attempted to conceal improperly taken documents and data owned by Separators. As a sanction for the defendants’ misconduct, the court entered a default judgment in favor of Separators, Inc. on claims, including computer trespass, theft, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Separators Inc. also was awarded legal fees and expert costs under court order.  Centrifuge Supplies was also ordered to submit to third party supervision and regular audits to prevent reconstitution of Separators’ confidential information and data.

“While this has been a challenging, time-consuming process, an important step has been taken toward securing the future of our confidential and proprietary business information,”  Dohm continued.  “We remain dedicated to providing our customers the highest level of value, professionalism, and integrity in all aspects of our business.”

Register Now for 2017 IOMSA Convention at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX, June 25-27!

Welcome to Galveston!

Les Howell                  IOMSA President

Our 123rd Annual IOMSA Convention is set for June 25-27 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. The convention progam is focused on education, training, vendor appreciation, and networking.

There will be informative speakers educating on a variety of topics, including new and updated regulations on dust control, changes to OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces rule, NFPA 36, federal policy by NOPA, and very important information on how to get the most out of your engineering consultant.

This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Di Ann Sanchez, founder and president of DAS HR Consulting, LLC, will be presenting information on workforce management, encompassing several hours that provides continuing education on leading today’s multi-generational workforce.

Also, new this year, we are excited to offer our members continuing education units (CEUs) for attending the training. This will be very beneficial to all members, sponsors, and spouses.

We will have Glenn Abdelnoor, health consultant for the Occupational Safety and Health Consultation program (OSHCON), speaking about the importance of their free service to help comply with OSHA standards and identify problem areas in your facilities.

I personally can recommend their service after going through an OSHA inspection following a serious accident. We received no citations or fines due to OSHCON’s help in keeping PYCO Industries in compliance.

Vendor Program
Also new this year is the redesigned Vendor Program. On Monday from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m., vendors will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with producers.

The IOMSA Booster Club is very important to our organization and deserves more of our time.
I ask that producers make themselves available to our vendors in the convention meeting area during this time.

Signup sheets for 15-minute intervals will be provided at the convention for each producer organization. Vendors can fill in which time slots they desire on a first-come, first-serve basis. Producers will be organized per company names and locations. Each producer will be provided a designated area for vendors to meet with them.

Social Events
Socializing seems to be a bad word to some people, but I disagree! Networking between IOMSA members is very important. Developing business relationships and personal friendships is a great tool for us as our industry has become more consolidated.

I hope your families will attend the convention with you. Moody Gardens offers a great number of attractions at a special low rate only offered to our association.

There will be a bus tour of the historical sites of Galveston offered to the ladies on Monday afternoon, a golf tournament on Sunday morning, bowling, and a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament on Tuesday afternoon. In addition, a kids’ program will be held on Tuesday night during the dinner and awards banquet.

I can’t wait to see all of you in Galveston!



Les Howell
IOMSA President


Click here to register for and/or sponsor the 2017 IOMSA Convention!

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Dennis Easley Named 2016-17 IOMSA 2nd Vice President

IOMSA in early August named Dennis Easley its Second Vice President for 2016-17. He then will become IOMSA President in 2018.

Easley has been in the oilseed processing industry since 1978. In 1979, he joined IOMSA.

He serves currently as plant manager for Valley Coop Oil Mill in Harlingen, TX, a role he has held since 1994.

His colleague, Denver Hance, is the 2016-17 IOMSA First Vice President.