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ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with Western New York Energy LLC on Purchase of its Selective Milling Technology (SMT)™


Full-Scale Commercial Installation Includes Technology License Fee, Equipment & Installation

(Colwich, Kan. – August 16, 2012) – ICM is pleased to announce that Western New York Energy (WNYE) LLC has purchased its Selective Milling Technology (SMT)™ which includes the license fee, equipment and installation of ICM’s platform technology.

Mike Sawyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WNYE stated, “As a locally-owned company, we strive every day to fulfill our mission of developing the full potential of Western New York’s renewable energy resources, utilizing industry best practices, and achieving the highest ethical standards to work with our community and business partners. Over the course of our collaboration, ICM has been a reliable partner. From providing their oil recovery solution last year, to giving us ample information to make decisions on both Selective Milling Technology™ and CO2 Scrubber Bottoms Ethanol Recovery this year, ICM continues to identify opportunities for us and facilitates the necessary steps to achieve them.”

ICM President Chris Mitchell said, “We’re thrilled to continue our collaborative relationship with WNYE by delivering innovative products from our platform technology package. We firmly believe in positioning our customers to fundamentally benefit from our new technologies in the development pipeline, and we will continue delivering value-added product streams to the renewable energy industry.”

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 6.8 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining 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 has been conducting 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.

 

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Monique Garcia, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6508/316-239-8152 (Cell)

 

 

ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with ACA BIO to Design a 40 MGY Fuel Ethanol Plant in Argentina

 
Greenfield Project Latest in ICM’s Global Expansion into South America and Abroad

(Colwich, Kan. – August 2, 2012) - ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with ACA Bio Cooperative Limitada (ACA Bio), to design a dry-mill corn ethanol plant with a 40 MGY production capacity, located near the city of Villa Maria, in the central province of Cordoba, Argentina. Completion of the facility is estimated for the first quarter of 2014. 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 (wet distillers grains [WDGs] and dry distillers grains [DDGs]) in a country with robust feedlot and dairy industries. The ethanol production capacity for ACA Bio will focus primarily on the country’s domestic markets.

Last year, the government of Argentina announced that it had assigned an ethanol supply quota equal to 125 million liters per year to ACA Bio. According to a July 6, 2012 report published by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, bioethanol production in Argentina for 2013 is projected to be at a record 400 million liters. In addition, the USDA GAIN reported that the Argentine biofuels sector continues to expand as a result of its strong competitiveness. The vast supply of feedstocks, the existing processing infrastructure, and policies continue to encourage large investment in both bioethanol and biodiesel plants.

ICM President Chris Mitchell said, "We’re thrilled to announce our latest global expansion project into Argentina, and we look forward to continued collaboration with ACA Bio to support the economic growth of the region by providing our process technologies and services to advance renewable energy."

"As the process design and technology company that has provided engineering, construction and operational services for 102 ethanol plants in North America, ICM is excited to expand into South America. We value the opportunity to collaborate with ACA Bio, and continue to expand our global business strategy in the Americas and beyond. ACA Bio’s strong farmer cooperative and leadership will promote the use of grains to increase ethanol production capacity in Argentina, and we look forward to supporting biofuels production and sustainable development in this region," added Kevin Endres, ICM Director of International Business Development.

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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 7 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining 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 has been conducting 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.

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Contact:
Monique Garcia, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6508/316-239-8152 (Cell)

ICM, Inc. Announces U.S. Patent No. 8,192,627 for its Advanced Oil Separation (AOS) System

(Colwich, Kan. –June 5, 2012) – ICM is pleased to announce the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,192,627 on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 for its Advanced Oil Separation (AOS) System. This patented method, which employs both mechanical and chemical separation, delivers significant economic value to an ethanol plant by dramatically increasing the volume of non-food grade oil recovered from the plant’s process streams. ICM’s AOS uses the centrifuge as a mechanical dewatering device to deliver a targeted emulsion concentrate stream for further processing through the addition of a polar solvent, ethanol, as the emulsion breaking-agent. The ethanol liberates oil trapped in the emulsion concentrate that would not be recovered through other conventional methods.

Kurt Dieker, ICM’s Director of Product Development, said: “ICM’s patented Advanced Oil System provides our customers with an immediate and significant advantage over competitors’ systems. ICM’s AOS processes a smaller product stream post-centrifuge, giving ICM’s solution a competitive advantage on processing costs. Customers are seeing an operational cost of less than one half cent per pound of oil recovered, which is roughly one-tenth the operational cost per pound experienced by plants that operate processes utilizing precentrifugation additives that recover oil directly from the centrifuge by skimming off the oil product. AOS is another example of a unique ICM platform technology that ICM is making available to our customers to enable them to immediately increase revenues from their existing plants. We are continually looking at how we can improve and add value to ICM's oil separation platform."

Brock Beach, ICM’s Capital Sales Manager for Oil Solutions, stated: “ICM’s patented AOS eliminates the need for expensive additives, and uses the ethanol product already being manufactured in the plant to break the emulsion and free the trapped oil. The ethanol used to break the emulsion is recaptured in AOS which further enhances the value of the system. Our customers are experiencing an ROI of six months or less on ICM's oil separation solution. We expect customer demand for AOS to increase significantly with the issuance to ICM of this new patent.”

ICM has installed nine AOS systems at customer plants, has seven additional installations either in process or scheduled prior to year-end, and has several pending contracts under negotiation.

ICM is demonstrating its patented AOS method this week at Booth #715 at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in Minneapolis, MN, where ICM’s Product Sales staff are available for discussions.

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 7 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining 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 has been conducting 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.

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Contact:
Monique Garcia
ICM, Inc.
Direct: 316.977.6508
Cell: 316.239.8152

ICM, Inc. Announces Commercial Installations of its Selective Milling Technology

ICM, Inc. Announces Commercial Installations of its Selective Milling Technology (SMT)™ to Early Adopter Plants

As an ICM Platform Technology, SMT Frees More Starch Critical for Enzyme Conversion to Sugar, While Also Positioning Customers for New Technologies in the Development Pipeline
 
(Colwich, Kan. –May 31, 2012) – ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed full-scale commercial installations of its Selective Milling Technology™ at LifeLine Foods LLC, Kansas Ethanol LLC, Green Plains Shenandoah, LLC and Lincolnland Agri-Energy LLC.
Formerly known as Fine Grind Technology, ICM is unveiling its new product name of Selective Milling Technology™, because it more accurately describes what the technology is doing. According to ICM Technical Director for Product Development Dr. Scott Kohl, Ph.D., “The process of using energy to free more starch for enzyme conversion to sugar can involve breaking larger starch particles into smaller ones; or breaking/rolling starch away from fiber, protein, or fats.  Our SMT™ allows plants to maximize this added energy by targeting the particles that can benefit from it most.”
 
ICM has worked collaboratively with Fluid-Quip, Inc. to develop the technology and deliver it to the marketplace; Fluid-Quip is ICM’s equipment provider for the SMT™ systems. In addition, ICM has obtained the rights to license the SMT™ technology to commercial plants from Lee Tech, LLC.
Customer provided data from operations of ICM’s SMT™ illustrate the various benefits that are derived from this revolutionary platform technology, including: increased ethanol yields of 1.5% – 3.0%, increased oil recovery yields of 11% – 18%, and ultimately, increased revenues. Reflecting on the positive SMT™ data analysis to date, Kansas Ethanol Operations Manager Thane Combs said, “After running the SMT™, we are pleased with how it boosted our ethanol yield, lowered residual WDGS starch   and most importantly, improved our bottom line.”
ICM President Chris Mitchell said, “We continue to focus our efforts on developing solutions that deliver value-added product steams to the renewable energy industry. We believe our competitive advantage comes from providing our customers with products that deliver immediate returns for them coupled with our expanding platform technologies that we’re excited to launch.”
 
A full-scale SMT™ disc mill, paddle screen and time-lapse photos/video of the technology being installed will be on display at ICM’s booth (#715) at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), June 4-7 in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, SMT™ product literature and opportunities for discussion with product sales staff will be available.
 
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 7 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining 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 has been conducting 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.
 
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Contact:
Monique Garcia, ICM, Inc.
316-977-6508/316-239-8152 (Cell)