Business Briefs

By Staff | November 03, 2014

Vermeer announces management changes
As part of its family succession planning process, Vermeer Corp. has announced that third-generation family member Jason Andringa will serve as the company’s next president and CEO, effective Nov. 1, 2015. On Nov. 1 of this year, he will assume the role of president and chief operating officer for one year, before transitioning to president and CEO. Andringa currently serves as president of forage and environmental solutions. Mary Andringa, current president and CEO, will assume the role of CEO and chair of the board Nov. 1. Mary will transition exclusively to chair of the board Nov. 1, 2015. Bob Vermeer, current chairman of the board, will assume the role of chair emeritus, effective Nov. 1.

Mason Manufacturing appoints manager
Decatur, Illinois-based Mason Manufacturing LLC has appointed Sherman Levin as engineering manager. He brings experience and expertise to the company’s shell and tube heat exchanger and ASME pressure vessel business. Prior to joining Mason Manufacturing, Levin held positions with GE Generator Engineering, Jacobs Engineering, B-KBR and Black & Veatch.

FLSmidth AFT, Covanta renew contract
FLSmidth AFT has agreed to a long-term extension to a current contract agreement with Covanta to supply filter bags and cages to Covanta’s domestic energy-from-waste locations. FLSmidth AFT’s filter bagas are manufactured to capture dust particulate as required by local and federal environmental regulations. Covanta’s energy-from-waste facilities feature state-of-the art emission control technology, supported by FSLmidth AFT products.

Viridis Energy adds to management team
Viridis Energy Inc. has appointed Tim Knoop as senior vice president of operations. Knoop will oversee the company’s Canadian west coast and east coast manufacturing operations with the goal of heightening cost efficiencies and fortifying the company’s operational framework in preparation for its expansion strategy. Prior to joining Viridis, he served as general manager of Pacific Bioenergy, as well as director of Nazbec, a joint venture between Pacific Bioenergy and Nzko, a first nations logging company.

Joule announces achievement
Joule has announced its engineered photosynthetic biocatalyst has been shown to divert 95 percent of fixed carbon normally converted to biomass directly to fuel. The achievement was made at the company’s demonstration facility in Hobbs, New Mexico. Joule also recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Scatec Solar ASA. Terms of the MOU anticipate that Scatec Solar will become a preferred supplier and operator of photovoltaic power installations for Joule plants. A separate MOU was announced with DNV GL, a provider of technical assurance and advisory services to the energy industry. Under the MOU, DNV GL and Joule will define specific areas of collaboration to accelerate the production of carbon dioxide-neutral fuels.

Pressure Technologies to acquire Greenland Biogas
Pressure Technologies has agreed to acquire the business and certain assets of New Zealand-based Greenlane Biogas Holdings Ltd. and those of its various subsidiary companies. Greenland has designed and built more than 80 biogas plants around the world. Pressure Technologies has indicated the acquisition is complementary to its existing subsidiary Chesterfield Biogas Ltd., which has been working with Greenlane since 2008 under an exclusive license to sell Greenlane technology in the U.K.

Forest2Market announces change to sales team
Forest2Market has announced Suzanne Hearn, vice president of marketing and sales, retired at the end of September. She joined Forest2Market in 2006 and has been responsible for the launch of the company’s bioenergy and lumber practices. Forest2Market began transitioning Hearn’s responsibilities to other staff members last summer. Peter Coutu, director of North American Sales, will lead forest products industry sales, while Peter Stewart, president and CEO, is now overseeing Forest2Market’s lumber service, Mill2Market. Tracy Leslie has been named director of forest biomaterials and sustainability services. In this role, she is responsible for opening new markets for Forest2Market data subscriptions and analytic services. She joins Stan Parton, manager of bioenergy sector sales. The new team will expand the use of Forest2Market’s product offerings into existing bioenergy markets as well as emerging markets in biofuels, biochemicals and sustainability.