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ICM, Inc. Collaboration with Fournier Industries Inc. Creates Success



Debbie Harding, ICM, Inc.





ICM, Inc. Collaboration with Fournier Industries Inc. Creates Success


(Colwich, Kan. – May 18, 2016) – As an industry-leader in the development and optimization of ethanol technology, ICM, Inc. continues to create advancements with itspatent-pending Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™) now being operated at four major commercial plants in North America.  FST™ is part of  ICM’s EPA-approved pathway to cellulosic ethanol and is a value-added platform technology that removes fiber from the Generation 1.0 ethanol process.  FST™ increases ethanol and corn oil throughput and creates options for diversified co-products of high-protein livestock feed and high-energy livestock feed.


An important aspect of the FST™ process was developed through a joint partnership with Fournier Industries Inc., an equipment manufacturer headquartered in Quebec, Canada.  ICM began working with Fournier around their world class rotary press design in early 2013, leading to a proprietary design of a Fournier Rotary Press for the global biofuels industry.  The joint team incorporated improvements that lead to an increased throughput, a more dry cake, improved automated controls, and improved handling of the process stream temperatures required in this new application.  The proprietary rotary pressdesign provides significant advantages to the FST™ process through design optimizations as it uses approximately 1/10 the horsepower which reduces the carbon footprint.  It also requires less maintenance than other dewatering devices. 


Dave VanderGriend, Founder and CEO of ICM, Inc. said, “This partnership has been a tremendous success.  Fournier is a wonderful partner that we believe our joint work has led to a major proprietary advancement for use in the biofuels industry.”


Harold Roy, President and CEO of Fournier Industries Inc. comments “ICM’s knowledge and vision of how the Rotary Press could be adapted and utilized in their process demonstrates why ICM is achieving the outstanding results they are, in increasing efficiency in the biofuel industry.”


As North America’s leading biofuels process technology provider, ICM, Inc., is focused on delivering innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy throughout the world. 




About ICM, Inc.
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kan., ICM, Inc., provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 102 facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 8.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production and 25 million tons of distiller’s grain feed co-products annually, ICM has become a world leader in bio-refining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. ICM is further upholding its responsibility as an industry leader by heavily investing in the continued advancement of renewable energy technologies. In an effort to speed that advance, ICM conducts research and testing at its state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, MO, in conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners spanning multiple industries.


For more information, please visit icminc.com.


About Fournier Industries Inc.

Founded in 1960, Fournier Industries Inc. has become, with its subsidiaries, a leader in services required for the smooth running and success of projects from design to start-up, through engineering, drawing, project management, fabrication, painting and installation.Their expertise covers both local and international customers from various fields of activity such as mining, hydroelectricity, aluminum smelters and foundries, grain handling, sludge dewatering, soil decontamination, biomass boilers, pulp and paper, as well as industries in general


For more information, please visit www.fournierindustries.com



ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with FS AgriSolutions Industria de Biocombustiveis Ltda. and Summit Brazil Renewables I, LLC to Design First Fuel Grade Dry-Mill Corn Ethanol Plant in Brazil


(Colwich, Kan. – March 21, 2016) – ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with FS AgriSolution Industria de Biocombustiveis Ltda.(FS), and Summit Brazil Renewables I, LLC, (Summit) an affiliate of Summit Agricultural Group, to design a dry-mill corn ethanol plant with a 50 MGY (189,250 cubic meters per year) nameplate production capacity, located near the city of Lucas do Rio Verde, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Completion of the facility is estimated for mid-2017 with job creation up to 90 employees. This project will enable the region to benefit from the alternative use of corn in these production areas, as well as benefit from producing valuable co-products such as high protein and high fiber feedstocks for swine, poultry and cattle. The ethanol production capacity for FS and Summit will focus primarily on the country’s domestic markets.

ICM President Chris Mitchell said, “We’re thrilled to announce the ground breaking of our latest global expansion project into Brazil, and we look forward to continued collaboration with FS and Summit to support the economic growth of the region by providing our process technologies and services to advance renewable energy.”

In February 2015, the government of Brazil (GOB) raised federal taxes (CIDE and PIS/COFINS) on gasoline to R$ 0.22 /liter, which increased the competiveness of ethanol relative to the fossil fuel. Some Brazilian states also increased the state tax for circulation of goods and services (ICMS) on gasoline and reduced the tax for ethanol, which further stimulated ethanol consumption. In March 2015, the GOB authorized an increase in the ethanol blend for gasoline from 25 to 27.5% percent. Total Brazilian ethanol production for 2016 is projected at 30.68 billion liters, a five percent increase compared to 2015.

“As the process design and technology company that has provided engineering, construction and operational services for 102 ethanol plants in North America, ICM is honored to bring our innovations and tailored services to Brazil, “ stated ICM Project Manager Matt Horsch.

“We value the opportunity to collaborate with FS and Summit, and continue to expand our global business strategy in the Americas and beyond. FS and Summit will promote the use of grains to increase ethanol production capacity in Brazil, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge to support biofuels production and sustainable development in this region,” added ICM International Regional Manager, Latin America, Issam Stouky.

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Debbie Harding, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6790 Office.



ICM, Inc. Announces Steve Hartig as Vice President, Technology Development


Steve Hartig
(Colwich, Kan. – February 10, 2016) –Chris Mitchell, president of ICM, Inc. recently announced that Steve Hartig has joined ICM, Inc. as vice president of technology development. Hartig will be working closely with ICM’s research scientists, engineers, sales, marketing and leadership teams to evaluate and bring innovation of new technology and ultimately commercial opportunities to ICM, Inc. 

Hartig brings an extensive 35-year history of experience leading global businesses with much of his career spent working in biofuels, coatings, resins, biomedical materials and polymers. “We strive to build the best team in the industry,” Dave VanderGriend, chief executive officer, ICM, Inc. said, “That includes cultivating the incredible people we have here, while setting the industry standards and we feel confident Steve will be a key factor in our continued growth.”

“We’re delighted to welcome an executive of Steve’s caliber to the ICM team,” Chris Mitchell, president of ICM, Inc. said, “Our company continues to use our know-how to improve processes and efficiencies across the entire renewable energy sector. Steve’s substantial track record of driving growth and building productive teams should only accelerate our desire to continue to be the technology company of choice.”

Hartig is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. He has presented at numerous symposiums and conferences throughout the world. He recently served on the Department of Energy Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Scientific Advisory Board as well as the University of Illinois Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory Advisory Board.

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Debbie Harding, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6790 Office.




ICM Successfully Completes Two 1,000-Hour Generation 2.0 Cellulose to Ethanol Performance Runs at St. Joseph, Missouri Pilot Plant


(Colwich, Kan. August 17, 2015) – ICM Inc. (ICM) proudly announces successful completions of its first and second 1,000-hour performance runs (1100 continuous hours each run) of its patent-pending Generation 2.0 Co-Located Cellulose Ethanol process. The runs, performed at ICM’s pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri, prove out the co-located technology design for the conversion of cellulosic biomass feedstocks, including energy crops such as switchgrass and energy sorghum, agricultural crop residues, and forestry residues, to cellulosic ethanol and co-products.

The first performance run, which ran from March to late April, focused on switchgrass, a perennial crop as its feedstock. The second performance run, which ran from early June to late July, focused on energy sorghum, an annual crop as its feedstock. Essentially, both runs were similar in nature, but with a few minor operational modifications included to allow for smoother operation between the two runs.

The 1,000+ hours of continuous production in each run are a significant achievement, as it qualifies these data sets for federal loan guarantee programs, which can be utilized in the financing of new, advanced generation renewable energy technologies.

From both mechanical and process operations perspectives, the two 1,000-hour Generation 2.0 (Gen. 2.0) runs performed continuously and exceptionally well on a 24/7 basis, as would be required in a commercial operation.

These runs also validate ICM’s co-located model that produces valuable boiler fuel and animal feed co-products in addition to cellulosic ethanol.

“This achievement is important because it provides operational confidence at a commercially relevant scale. We used all commercial-type equipment for these performance runs that processed 10 dry tons of feedstock per day. At that scale, we were able to achieve continuous operations throughout both performance runs to generate key data required to move forward to commercialization as the market provides demand for Gen. 2.0 Cellulosic Ethanol and co-products.” said Dr. Doug Rivers, ICM’s Director of Research and Development (R&D).


Previously in December 2012, ICM’s R&D team successfully completed a 1,000-hour run of an integrated cellulosic corn fiber campaign to prove out its patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ (Gen. 1.5), which resulted in substantial operating and capital expense cost savings over a Gen. 2.0 approach to cellulosic ethanol production. The 1,000-hour run for Gen. 1.5 was achieved through the sequential completion of twenty-four 15,000-gallon pilot fermentations and five 585,000-gallon commercial scale fermentations. In addition, this performance run demonstrated the production of high protein dried distillers grains (DDG) as a valuable co-product of ICM’s Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ process.

ICM believes that the success with each of these three 1,000-hour runs comes from the dedicated individuals and extensive testing of various feedstocks at the pilot scale for next generation conversion technology to produce renewable fuels that meet low carbon fuel standards.

“We believe our novel approach to Generation 2.0 ethanol production will add value to both agriculture and the ethanol industry going forward. Our R&D staff has been able to achieve results that we believe will pave the way for expanded use of cellulose as a feedstock to produce low carbon fuels for America” said ICM Principal Scientist and Cellulose Team Leader Jeremy Javers.

“We want to thank the U.S. DOE Bio Energy Technology Office (BETO) for their ongoing support since obtaining the U.S. DOE award (DE-EE0002875) for this project. We are encouraged by the results achieved during these three 1,000-hour performance runs. Our patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™ is designed as a bolt-on product, which can be added to existing corn/milo (sorghum) ethanol plants and our patent-pending Generation 2.0 co-located design will pave the way for expanded use of biomass as a feedstock for fuels and chemical production in the future. These successful runs validate ICM’s ability to continually add value to grain already being processed in existing U.S. ethanol plants, as well as biomass,” said ICM CEO Dave Vander Griend.


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Deborah Bolen, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6882 Office.