Business Briefs

By Staff | January 05, 2012

Baker-Rullman supplies drying system for Crabbe & Sons
Watertown, Wis.-based Baker-Rullman Manufacturing Inc. has supplied a complete drying system to Crabbe & Sons of Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada, for the purpose of producing wood sawdust and shavings. The system included Baker-Rullman’s 110-34 Triple-Pass Rotary Drum Dryer and was installed by Renewable Solutions of Fredericton, New Brunswick. H.J. Crabbe & Sons is a family-owned supplier of sawmill lumber, chips, sawdust, shavings and bark.

Young, Schultz and Sturgis join Vecoplan
Vecoplan LLC has added Kevin Young to its engineering department. After a three-month apprenticeship with Vecoplan, he has been appointed to the position of product engineer. Young’s position includes coordinating the design and development of turnkey shredding systems for the recycling sector. In order to ensure continuous quality control, he will also oversee the manufacture and implementation of his projects once the engineering phase has been completed. Jason Schultz and Chris Sturgis have been hired as service technicians and will be responsible for installation and startup of new machines and systems, as well as service and maintenance on machines, systems and control panels already in the field. Schultz has two decades of experience in the installation and maintenance of large industrial machinery and systems. Sturgis has a combined 18 years of technical experience in industrial and military machinery applications.

NDARE hires coordinator
Denise Spanjer has been selected to coordinate activities for the North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy. Spanjer will be responsible for member recruitment, organizing the membership’s strategic goals discussions and expanding NDARE’s broad network of renewable energy and energy efficiency stakeholders. Spanjer has previously directed the N.D. Small Business Administration’s Women’s business center, created curriculum for a statewide technology education program, provided startup support and administration for a number of producer-owned food processing cooperatives, and served as long-time state education director for N.D. Farmers Union.

Babcock named ISU’s Cargill Chair, leader of the Biobased Industry Center
Bruce Babcock is ready to focus on the bioeconomy as Iowa State University’s next Cargill Endowed Chair in Energy Economics and director of the university’s Biobased Industry Center. Babcock, an Iowa State professor of economics and current director of the university’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, succeeds James Bushnell, who is now an associate professor of economics at the University of California Davis. An interim director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development is expected to be named soon. As director of the Biobased Industry Center, Babcock will also work with 15 companies and organizations—from fuel producers to agribusinesses to auto manufacturers—interested in the latest bioenergy research. The center was established in 2008 and is part of Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute. It supports interdisciplinary studies of the business, policy, infrastructure and supply chain issues facing the bioeconomy.

Ross joins Polsinelli Shughart Energy
Polsinelli Shughart Energy welcomed attorney Matthew E. Ross as a shareholder in its business department, where he will focus his practice on all aspects of energy law including assisting clients with developing renewable energy projects and in achieving energy efficient business practices. Ross holds Leadership in Energy Efficient Design professional accreditation, the leading professional designation for the green building, construction and development industry. Ross focuses his practice on energy law and has extensive experience in renewable energy, from both transactional and regulatory perspectives. He advises project developers, lenders, tax equity investors, private equity funds and technology suppliers and distributors on developing and financing renewable energy projects and on other energy transactions. Ross earned his law degree from the Brooklyn Law School and his bachelor’s from The Johns Hopkins University.