Business Briefs

By Staff
Leslie Equipment joins Bandit sales force
To assist with the recent influx of chipper sales and wood waste recycling business in the logging sector, Bandit Industries has signed on a new dealer, Leslie Equipment Co., in the Southern U.S. With 10 locations throughout West Virginia, southern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky, Leslie features large rental fleets and vast inventories for immediate purchase. Its complete lines of John Deere construction and forestry equipment will complement Bandit's line of whole tree chippers and Beast recyclers and provide opportunities for expansion into new markets.

Morbark introduces compact stand-alone flail
Morbark Inc. has introduced the Morbark 5500 Stand-Alone Flail. The portable debarker/delimber removes the bark and foliage from trees when harvesting wood fiber for high-quality chips for use in the pulp and paper market. The new flail can be used alone or in tandem with a Morbark Whole Tree Chipper. Those currently supplying the fuel market with chips from a Morbark Whole Tree Chipper can now combine that unit with the 5500 Stand-Alone Flail to branch out into the clean chip market. These units work together as one in-woods system to provide the same end-product as a larger combination flail machine. A grinder can also be positioned under the discharge conveyor to produce biomass fuel simultaneously.

U.S Commerce Secretary recognizes Capstone Turbine
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke recently led a signing ceremony in Beijing featuring officials from Capstone Turbine Corp., a clean-technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, and its new distributor, Sino Clean Energy Group. The ceremony was part of the first U.S. international trade mission to China under the Obama administration. The event recognized the distribution agreement between Capstone and Sino Clean Energy and acknowledged the companies' efforts to broaden China's use of clean-and-green microturbine technology developed in the U.S. The goal of the mission to China and Indonesia is to promote exports of technologies related to clean energy; energy efficiency; and electric energy storage, transmission and distribution.

Iogen Energy appoints former Shell executive as COO
Iogen Energy, a joint venture between Iogen Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell, has appointed Duncan Macleod as chief operating officer. He will replace founding president and current CEO Brian Foody, who will assume the role of chairman of Iogen Energy and continue in his role as president and CEO of Iogen Corp. Macleod will have operational responsibility for Iogen Energy, and oversee the technology development program to advance commercialization of Iogen Energy's cellulosic ethanol. He joins Iogen Energy from Shell, where he was vice president with responsibility for Shell Hydrogen. BIO

Vermeer adds Woodford as new dealer
Vermeer Corp., a manufacturer of agricultural, biomass harvesting and construction equipment has approved Woodford Equipment as a new dealer in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The new Vermeer dealership will provide equipment services including parts, service and sales support for Vermeer biomass harvesting equipment. Poet LLC is currently conducting Project Liberty nearby and Vermeer staff have been assisting area farmers as they work to provide biomass harvesting solutions. Woodford Equipment will offer sales, parts and service in the Emmetsburg area to effectively support two key products that will help area farmers to achieve Poet's Project Liberty goal to collect corncobs and bale second pass cob bales.

EPRI board elects Howard president, CEO
The Electric Power Research Institute board has elected EPRI Senior Vice President Michael Howard as its next president and CEO, effective in September at the retirement of current President and CEO Steve Specker. Howard has more than 30 years of leadership experience in organizations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large public companies and has developed a track record for locating, hiring and mentoring top-tier scientific and technical talent. In his current position, Howard oversees annual research spending in excess of $350 million and is responsible for overseeing EPRI's entire research portfolio including renewable, fossil and nuclear generation; transmission and distribution; energy efficiency; electric transportation; and the environment.

Witherspoon named to Edenspace board
Edenspace Systems Corp. announced the election of W. David Witherspoon Jr. to the company's board of directors. He is the head of the North American renewable fuels business for Syngenta Seeds and is a member of Syngenta's Corn and Soybean Leadership Team for the U.S. Witherspoon joined Syngenta in 2004 through the acquisition of Garst Seed Co. where he served as president. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from the Citadel, a master's degree in agronomy from Clemson University and a doctorate in crop science, breeding and genetics from North Carolina State University. Kansas-based Edenspace develops improved crops for production of biofuels and bioproducts from nonfood agricultural residues and dedicated energy crops.

GE launches 2-stage turbocharged gas engine
Responding to global demand for high-efficiency power generation, GE has developed a two-stage turbocharged gas engine and is applying its technology to its Jenbacher J624 gas engine. The new engine provides significant output and efficiency increases compared with the single turbocharged version and is well-suited for operation in hot environments and combined-heat-and-power applications. With the new system, which GE developed with specialists from ABB Turbo Systems Ltd., the J624 achieves approximately 10 percent higher output, increasing from 4 to 4.4 megawatts and offers an electrical efficiency of 46.5 percent, an increase of about 1 percentage point.

Baker-Rullman unveils mobile drying unit
Watertown, Wis.-based Baker-Rullman Mfg. Inc., a manufacturer of corrugated steel storage bins, hoppers, steel structure and triple-pass rotary drum dryers has completed construction and testing of a mobile drying unit. The Model SD45-12 employs Baker-Rullman's triple pass technology and will be available for lease to customers interested in drying materials to analyze drying capabilities, equipment suitability and emissions data. The system is designed to accept propane, natural gas and solid fuel with complete control systems for all options. The plug-and-play system is designed to accommodate almost any application including sawdust, paper or municipal sludge, wood chips, egg shells, alfalfa, distillers grains, bakery waste, livestock renderings and citrus or vegetable byproducts.

John Deere bulks up D-Series Knuckleboom Loaders
John Deere Construction & Forestry's new Knuckleboom Loaders are bulked up for improved durability and performance. Features include the fuel-efficient John Deere 6068 Tier 2 PowerTech engine with a high-pressure common rail electronic fuel injection system for improved cycle times and new Pressure Compensated Load Sensing hydraulic pumps with a dedicated swing pump to deliver hydraulic power to all functions. Other updates to the D-Series 335D and 437D Knuckleboom Loaders include: heavy-duty swing bearing and pinion with taller gear teeth to reduce the torque load on each tooth; new improved hydraulic manifold; new standard display monitor with the addition of engine diagnostic information; auto idle; and all John Deere cylinders.

Martin Engineering acquires Cougar Industries
Martin Engineering, a supplier of industrial vibrators, has acquired Peru, Ill.-based Cougar Industries, a manufacturer of U.S.-made industrial vibrators. Martin Engineering CEO Scott Hutter said that plans are to retain the Cougar name and continue operations in Peru as a division of Martin Engineering. The company designs and manufactures a line of electric single- and three-phase vibrators in a wide range of force outputs. The firm also manufactures piston, ball, ring and turbine pneumatic vibrators and a complete line of hydraulic powered units.