ICM has signed a design-build agreement with Summit Sustainable Ingredients, an affiliate of Summit Agricultural Group, to develop a wheat protein (vital wheat gluten) ingredients production facility in Phillipsburg, Kansas. The new plant will be located next to Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, a biorefinery acquired by Summit earlier this year.
After recognizing that wheat protein is an essential ingredient in short supply and validating the current need for sustainable and nutritious ingredients, Summit has committed to this new project.
“Building this new facility will close the gap between the supply and demand of high-quality wheat protein ingredients and reduce our reliance on imports,” said Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Summit Agricultural Group. “We chose ICM as a strategic partner because of their superior capability for optimizing plant efficiency and their best-in-class expertise when it comes to integrating process technologies into a renewable fuel plant.”
ICM and Summit have selected Flottweg to provide the gluten extraction process. Flottweg is a manufacturer of efficient liquid-solid separation technologies and a longtime collaborator in the biofuel and food industries. Working alongside ICM, Flottweg will help the new plant achieve the highest-quality protein extraction.
“This project represents an exciting milestone for us,” said Dan Ellis, president of Flottweg Americas. “We’ve worked on several wheat protein plants in Europe and Australia, but this will be the first one in North America. That said, it won’t be our first collaboration with ICM, a trusted and longtime partner in the biofuel industry.”
The plant will be approximately twice the size of the next-largest wheat protein plant in North America. The wheat protein will be sold in the food, pet food and specialty feed markets. The residual starch generated from processing wheat will be converted into a low-carbon, premium renewable biofuel amounting to 50 million gallons per year.
“Everyone on this team shares a commitment to designing and implementing solutions for high-quality ingredients and low-carbon biofuel production,” said Dave VanderGriend, CEO of ICM. “We’re all very excited about using our expertise to retrofit the Prairie Horizon plant and integrate it with the new wheat facility in a way that makes a significant positive impact environmentally as well as economically.”
Construction for the new facility is expected to be finished by summer of 2023. Upon completion, the site will be the largest producer of vital wheat gluten in North America.
About ICM, Inc.
Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kansas, USA, with a regional office in Brazil, ICM provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and to advance renewable energy, including ethanol and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technologies to over 100 facilities globally with a combined annual production over 33 billion liters of ethanol and 25 million tons of distiller grains, ICM has become a world leader in bio-refining technologies. For additional information, visit www.icminc.com.
About Summit Agricultural Group
Summit Agricultural Group is a diversified agribusiness operator and investment manager with operations in the U.S. and Brazil. Summit deploys capital across the agricultural supply chain with a particular focus at the intersection of agriculture and renewable energy. For more information, visit www.summitag.com.