Business Briefs

By Staff | June 30, 2014

Superior Industries team members 
Superior Industries Inc. has added Roland Duer in the position of international sales and business development manager. He will represent Superior Industries throughout Latin America. Duer has more than 25 years of business experience in building relationships and developing opportunities. He most recently served as product manager and purchasing manager at Condumex Inc. The company has also 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. In addition, Bill Humphrey was named 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.

Brunette Machinery introduces vibrating conveyor
Brunette Machinery Co. Inc. has introduced the Brunette SmartVibe Vibrating Conveyor. Unique and simple in its design, the system has no coil springs or external balance beams. Its design enables the operator to vary the feed speed of the conveyor while maintaining balance at all feed rates. The system is available in different widths and lengths, complete with size-specific screening options and metal detection.

New Hampshire Wood Energy Council launches
A group of public sector and private businesses have partnered up to launch the New Hampshire Wood Energy Council, a nonprofit partnership that the group said will promote heating commercial and institutional buildings in New Hampshire with wood.

Partnership to provide feedstock to Canadian pellet mill
Representatives of Tolko Industries, Nazko First Nations and Pacific BioEnergy Corp. have announced an innovative partnership for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. The agreement will provide additional fiber to PBEC’s pellet plant in Prince George. The timber will come from PBEC’s mountain salvage license in the Quesnel Timber Supply Area.

Fecon redesigns rotor system
Fecon Inc. has introduced the Depth Control Rotor system. The DCR system builds on Fecon’s reversible Samurai Knife Tool. It cuts faster, delivering better fuel economy and more uniform particle size. Depth control rings work in harmony with the Samurai Knife to enable more cutting with less horsepower.

Verdanté BioEnergy Services offers software solution
Verdanté BioEnergy Services has announced its appointment as the exclusive U.S. distributor of MGH Systems’ Biomass Manager software. The product enables smarter, faster and easier monitoring, sharing and reporting of crucial data in biomass supply chains.

SIMwood launches in Europe
The Sustainable Innovative Mobilization of Wood (SIMwood) project was recently launched in Europe. The project consortium consists of 28 partners from European countries. It is funded with approximately €6 million ($8.29 million) from the European Union over four years. The initiative aims to break down existing social-economic, technical and ecological barriers and identify solutions for wood mobilization in 14 regions where the project is studying the optimum utilization of forest.

Lignetics announces acquisition
Lignetics Inc. has announced it was acquired by Taglich Private Equity LLC, Management and Gladstone Capital Corp., which provided subordinated debt and equity financing, along with Texas Capital Bank, which provided senior debt in support of the transaction. Lignetics manufactures and distributes wood pellets from three U.S. production facilities. The transaction is expected to give Lignetics the capital base to pursue expansion plants.

Grainger offers NCC dust collector sequential timer controls
W.W. Grainger Inc. has announced it now offers dust collector sequential timer controls from Ametek National Controls Corp. The NCC models included are DNC-T2003 through DNC-2032 output sequencers that are used either for pulse-jet type dust collectors or pneumatic conveying systems in either continuous or on-demand cleaning applications.

BTEC recognizes Wallowa Resources
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council announced that Wallowa Resources has become a new participant in the Biomass Green Heat Registered Site program. The Enterprise, Ore., nonprofit organization installed two pellet boilers that meet 85 percent of its heating needs and replace 20,000 gallons of heating oil.