Business Briefs

By Staff | June 22, 2011

Martin Engineering offers online training to improve conveyor operating efficiency
Martin Engineering has added an online course to its library of Foundations training programs that teaches personnel to make the operation and maintenance of belt conveyors cleaner, safer and more productive. The company is expanding its workshop series into three customizable training programs, with the Operations & Maintenance Seminar available as an online course. The seminar takes an in-depth look at methods to improve the safety, performance and payback of belt conveyors by controlling fugitive material and improving system efficiency. This online training is for anyone concerned with operating and maintaining belt conveyor systems. Discussion topics include material-handling basics, conveyor safety, belt alignment, belt cleaning, transfer point improvement, belts and splices, leading edge technologies and dust management. After studying these topics, staff and operations will benefit by improving safety, justifying and validating investments, and increasing performance and profitability. To sign up, go to

Cashco announces new leadership
Cashco Inc. has promoted Clint Rogers to general manager from his previous position of executive vice president of sales, marketing and engineering. Rogers will be responsible for all activities related to the valve division, which includes manufacturing, purchasing and finance, in addition to his previous duties. Rogers’ career with Cashco has spanned nearly 18 years, and his leadership experience includes various positions. Since 1998, when he assumed a full-time role with Cashco, he has expanded Cashco’s global market by building an international sales team and assisted with product line enhancement. Most recently, he was instrumental in the development of the Cashco tank vent product line, which includes pilot-operated, weight-loaded and spring-loaded vents. Cashco Inc. has also promoted Dimity Ankerholz to assistant sales manager/marketing manager, expanding on her previous role as marketing manager. Ankerholz will oversee the daily activities of internal and outside sales and assist in the long-term objectives and planning for the valve division. Ankerholz began her career with Cashco in December 1998 as a research specialist in the valve division.

Fecon hires technical service adviser
Fecon Inc. has hired Mike Karre as the newest addition to its product support team. Karre’s responsibilities will include traveling within Fecon’s dealer network to provide technical support, assist with new machine deliveries and start-ups. Karre joins Fecon with 10-plus years of service experience. Most recently he worked for a Komatsu dealer as a field service technician, completing full machine repairs on construction equipment plus maintenance on forestry grinders and coloring machines.

Covanta plant receives Facility of the Year award
The Alexandria/Arlington Resource Recovery Facility in Alexandria, Va., has been named the 2011 Large WTE (waste-to-energy) Facility of the Year in the combustion category by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of its strong environmental and safety performance record. The award was announced at the 19th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference held in Lancaster, Pa. In addition to its outstanding environmental and safety performance, the award recognizes Covanta Alexandria/Arlington’s technological innovation and its many contributions to integrated waste management. Covanta Alexandria/Arlington processes 975 tons of municipal solid waste per day to produce up to 23 megawatts of renewable energy and recycles approximately 7,000 tons of metals annually.

Renewable energy alliance elects board members, officers
Patrice Lahlum, of Fargo, N.D., has been re-elected chair of the North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy. Lahlum, a consultant to the Great Plains Institute on biomass programs, was re-elected at the NDARE annual meeting in Bismarck. Other re-elected officers include Kim Christianson, Great Plains Energy Corridor, vice chair, and Jocie Iszler, communications consultant, secretary-treasurer. Other board members include Al Christianson, Great River Energy; Mindi Grieve, Environmental Law & Policy Center; Terry Goerger, farmer; and Mike Williams, Greenfields Energy. Both Lahlum and Grieve were also re-elected to three-year terms on the board of directors. NDARE is a diverse membership-based advocacy organization that works with citizens, industry, government, interest groups and educators to promote the development and use of renewable energy, including biofuels, biomass and wind energy, as well as the widespread adoption of smart energy efficiency and conservation practices.

Palmer and Christopher join Michael Best & Friedrich
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP announced that Todd E. Palmer has joined the firm as a partner in its Madison, Wis., office. Palmer will lead the Environmental Law Group within the Firm’s Energy & Sustainability Industry Team. Throughout his 19-year career, Palmer has focused on environmental law and in particular on assisting clients with the complexities of the Clean Air Act. He has successfully represented a variety of industries including paper manufacturers, printers, agricultural operations, petroleum refineries, recyclers, electric utilities and trade associations. He has earned a reputation as an innovative problem-solver by developing successful, cutting-edge regulatory strategies for clients. The law firm also announced that Mary Ann Christopher has joined as a partner in its Milwaukee office. Christopher will join the Firm’s Energy and Sustainability Industry Team and the Transactional Practice Group and has successfully represented clients in complex commercial business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance, primarily in the development, acquisition, sale, finance, operation and leasing of major infrastructure and industrial projects, equipment assets, and related facilities, with a particular emphasis on the renewable and clean energy sectors such as wind, biomass, biofuels, hydrothermal and nuclear.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney expands energy practice
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC is opening an office in Southpointe, Pa., to accommodate the growth of its energy practice, which includes the oil and gas (Marcellus shale), coal, renewable energy and environmental sectors. The office will be used by lawyers who have been spending an increasing amount of time with clients in Canonsburg, Pa. Buchanan expects the office will be utilized by lawyers and lobbyists who have clients there. Buchanan's Energy Section includes more than 80 lawyers and government relations professionals whose practices cover a broad range of energy-focused legal and lobbying services from litigation, corporate transactions and leasing to environmental and regulatory issues.

Biomass Secure Power appoints CFO
Biomass Secure Power Inc. announced that Murray Swales has been appointed chief financial officer of the company. Swales earned a chartered accountant's designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, British Columbia. He has been involved with public companies and their operating and financial reporting requirements for more than a quarter century, and has served as an officer and/or director of several reporting issuers since 1980. He has diverse business experience, gained as an entrepreneur, as a partner in domestic and international accounting firms, and in senior management positions with various public and private companies.

NEFCO names Grace VP of marketing and environmental affairs
NEFCO has promoted Virginia M. Grace to vice president of marketing and environmental affairs. With more than 25 years in the environmental field in the public and private sectors, and having served as the business development manager at NEFCO since 1996, Grace brings experience with the development, environmental compliance and product marketing for all of NEFCO's biosolids projects. As president of the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association since 2010, Grace also plays a key policy development and leadership role in the biosolids industry. Grace will develop strategic alliances and growth opportunities for NEFCO and will be responsible for management of all company marketing efforts. She will also have executive oversight and responsibility for the environmental affairs of the company.

Equilibar regulator solves galloping biogas engine speed
The Gloversville-Johnstown wastewater plant in upstate New York serves 25,000 residential customers and 30 industrial and commercial customers. The unsteady flow of methane from the digester to two 350 kilowatt (KW) Caterpillar gas engines driving generators resulted in surging engine rpm, something not acceptable in this application. An Equilibar back pressure regulator was installed to route excess gas back to the gas holder. Tests have shown that the system can be smoothly throttled up and down the load range including taking one engine off line or running both engines wide open (700 KW) with no loss of methane pressure or engine speed control.