Engle to lead Telles

Metabolix Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. appointed Robert Engle as general manger of Telles, the companies' joint venture aimed at commercializing a line of Mirel-brand bioplastics. Previously, he served as vice president of affiliate management for Ticona, an engineering polymers business. Telles' first commercial-scale Mirel production facility is under construction next to ADM's 237 MMgy wet corn mill ethanol plant in Clinton, Iowa. Construction is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2009, according to Metabolix spokesman Brian Ruby.