Business Briefs

By Staff | June 25, 2014

Superior Industries adds territory sales managers
Superior Industries has appointed Kevin Krieger as territory sales manager throughout the Mountain and Northwest regions of the U.S. He most recently served as a territory manager for Fenner Dunlop. The company has also appointed Bill Humphrey as territory sales manager throughout the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley regions. He was most recently employed by Aggregates Manufacturing International. Krieger and Humphrey will work closely with dealers in their respective regions to bring innovative conveying equipment to bulk materials producers.

Mascoma adds scientific advisory board member
Mascoma Corp. has added Johannes Pieter (Hans) van Dijken to its scientific advisory board. Van Dijken is a microbiologist and yeast researcher. He currently serves as a professor emeritus of industrial microbiology at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Van Dijken has consulted for Mascoma since 2007.

Babcock & Wilcox to acquire Megtec
The Babcock & Wilcox Co. has announced its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire industrial process solutions provider Megtec. Megtec, which employs approximately 600 people in 10 countries, will operate as B&W Megtec, a wholly owned subsidiary of B&W PGG. The purchase was expected to close June 30. The acquisition is expected to expand B&W PGG’s role as an environmental products and solutions provider beyond its historical focus on utility markets, to a variety of industrial applications for customers the company has not traditionally served.

Genomatica adds executive vice president
Genomatica has appointed Kaspar Evertz as its executive vice president, commercial. He will lead the company’s business development, licensing and technology transfer teams with a focus on licensing its process technologies, and the delivery and execution of those licenses. He also will be responsible for securing strategic partners to support the development of additional commercial processes through sponsored development programs. Evertz previously served as executive vice president and managing director of industrial projects at Ferrostaal AG GmgH.

Professor wins NSF award
Tae Seok Moon, an assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for his project, titled “Engineering Biological Robustness through Synthetic Control.” Moon received a five-year $400,000 grant to understand the principles of biological robustness by using synthetic DNA in basic bacteria cells. The research could have implications for biofuel production and several other industries.

Verdezyne reaches production milestone
Verdezyne Inc. has produced more than 1 metric ton of biobased dodecanedioic acid (DDDA) using its proprietary yeast platform and downstream process. The Michigan Biotechnology Institute and the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute worked with Verdezyne to run the bio-based DDDA process at the 4,000-liter scale. This production confirmed the scalability of Verdezyne’s process and produced polymer-grade material for potential customers and partners.

Attorney named as Rising Star
Anna Wildeman, an attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, has been named one of Super Lawyers Magazine’s 2014 Washington, D.C., Rising Stars. She is a member of Michael Best’s Energy Practice Group and Agribusiness, Food Processing & Distribution Group.

Andritz to market Tornado Pulper technology
Andritz Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the international technology Group Andritz, signed an agreement with Bolton-Emerson Americas LLC giving Andritz exclusive rights to market and sell the Tornado Pulper for solid and liquid fuel applications, as well as biochemical processes.

ABC presents projects of the year
The American Biogas Council has named Stockton, Iowa-based AgriReNew and Stanley, N.Y.-based Lawnhurst Energy LLC as the Agricultural Biogas Projects of the Year. Harvest Power’s Energy Garden in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., was named Merchant Biogas Project of the Year. The ABC named the Michigan State University South Campus Anaerobic Digester in East Lansing, Mich., as the Institutional Biogas Project of the Year, while the Village of Ridgewood Biogas project in Ridgewood, N.J., won Biogas Project of the Year.