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ICM, Inc. Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation as an Ethanol & Renewable Fuels Industry Leader

(Colwich, KS, March 19, 2015) — ICM, Inc. is proudly celebrating 20 Years of Innovation in the Ethanol and Renewable Fuels industries. ICM was founded on January 23, 1995 with only 20 employees, which made their mark by designing and manufacturing the industry’s most efficient distillers grain dryer. Through the years, ICM grew to employ hundreds of the industry’s brightest minds and to design more than 100 ethanol plants.

Throughout the industry’s highs and lows, the people of ICM have remained committed to its growth, always maintaining a passionate belief in its potential to positively impact agriculture, clean air, energy independence, local community, and economies around the world.

“I think 20 Years of Innovation is an appropriate way to describe the life of the company,” says ICM President Chris Mitchell. “It started out as a small group of people who had to come together and figure out what they were going to do when they started the business. Over the years, it transformed into a larger family of people who’ve had to come together and figure out how to best meet the needs of an evolving industry.”

Some of these needs have led to the development of key innovations such as improved dryers, greenfield plants, Corn Oil Separation, Selective Milling Technology™, Fiber Separation Technology™, and Gen 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology™.

Reflecting on the company’s history, ICM CEO Dave Vander Griend says, “There was kind of a defining moment in time when a lot of things -- like policy, public perception, and technology -- all came together to help ethanol find its place. I feel fortunate to have been there, to have the background I had at the time, and to be surrounded by a good group of people and industry partners who could rally together and really grab ahold of the thing and help it grow.”

“It’s been our privilege over the last 20 years to help the biofuels industry gain relevance,” says Mitchell. “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve. Innovation is a common theme for everyone at ICM, and it will remain so for the next 20 years.”

To learn more about the history of ICM, to view the 20th Anniversary video, or to sign the company’s anniversary guestbook, visit icm20years.com

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ICM, Inc. Announces Contract of its Advanced Gasification Technology with JUM Global for the City of San José

(Colwich, Kan. – March 11, 2015) –ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce a signed contract with JUM Global, LLC, a global waste solution developer contracted with the City of San José, CA., for a gasification demonstration unit using ICM’s proprietary technology.

This gasification demonstration unit will be operated at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, which will process up to 10 short tons per day of urban waste biomass from the San José solid waste collection program, such as urban woody biomass, storm debris, yard waste, tree trimmings, as well as construction and demolition materials, blended with a small portion of biosolids from the wastewater facility. The gasification unit will help the region by demonstrating a process, which can be utilized in both the disposition and the application of these materials to produce a high quality syngas (i.e., producer gas), which can ultimately and efficiently be used to produce transportation fuels.

Jon Orr, ICM, Inc. Capital Sales Manager said, “This demonstration project, utilizing ICM’s gasification technologies, will help advance the path to renewable transportation fuels using waste biomass at a scale that makes economic sense.”

San José, a recipient of a California Energy Commission match funding grant under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, contracted with JUM Global to partner with ICM, Inc. for this project scheduled for completion by the end of April 2015. “While gasification has been around for a long time, there is renewed interest in this process as a way to convert different types of waste to produce renewable energy,” said Kerrie Romanow, Director of San José Environmental Services Department. “This demonstration project will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on others for transportation fuel.”

Dave McCarthy, JUM Global COO said, “We are very excited to be working with the gasification team at ICM as our technology partner for this San Jose project. Their technology and ability to swiftly react to changing project dynamics is second to none. Together with ICM and the City of San Jose, we feel we have the best team possible for this project.”

Chris Mitchell, President of ICM, Inc. said, “We’re pleased that our technology was chosen by JUM Global and San José for this project. We believe that our gasification solution is a significant next step in delivering valuable technology options to the renewable energy sector.”

In 2009, ICM, Inc. built and began operating a commercial-scale demonstration gasifier with the capacity to convert 150 tons of biomass per day. Over the next four years, ICM, Inc. successfully tested more than 16 feedstock types, processed over 8,400 tons of material, and logged more than 3,200 hours of operating time. Examples of the feedstocks tested include: refuse-derived fuel (RDF) generated from municipal solid waste, tire-derived fuel mixed with RDF, wood chips, pine bark, wheat straw, corn stover, chicken litter, switchgrass, automobile shredded residue mixed with RDF, and other biomass/energy crops.

To learn more about Advanced Gasification Technology, click here.


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ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with E Energy Adams LLC on Full-Scale Commercial Installations of its Selective Milling Technology™ (SMT™) and Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™) Supporting a Plant Capacity Increase

(Colwich, Kan. –February 12, 2015) – ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that E Energy Adams LLC has selected ICM as its partner for a multifaceted technology and capacity upgrade at its Adams, NE plant. ICM’s patent-pending Selective Milling Technology™ and patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology™ will drive the project, allowing E Energy Adams to increase throughput, decrease cost per gallon, and create the ability to produce high-value streams from their traditional DGS, all while increasing ethanol yield and increasing distiller’s corn oil recovery. ICM’s SMT™ is the industry leader in ‘fine grind’ technology, with 20 current or pending installations, representing over 1.4 billion gallons of annual ethanol production. FST™, the next step in ICM’s EPA-approved pathway to cellulosic ethanol, separates the corn kernel fiber for use in generating products with higher margin opportunities, or further processing it (using pre-treatment provided as a separate option by ICM) to produce cellulosic ethanol in an existing plant.

David VanderGriend, CEO for ICM, Inc., said, “ICM is pleased to partner with E Energy Adams as they fully adopt the next-generation “biorefinery” concept, allowing them to accomplish their mission of supporting the local economy while delivering profits to their investor owners, area grain producers, and livestock producers. E Energy is a leader in the ethanol industry, and we are proud to support them in their vision for continually improving operations and profitability.

Carl Sitzmann, CEO for E Energy Adams LLC, said, “We’ve been focused on the development of this project for the last two years, and we are pleased to be partnering with ICM. Their 20 years of experience in the ethanol industry, world-class research and development, and long-term vision of the future are perfect complements to our strategic vision involving competitiveness and new technologies. This project will not only give us the low-cost, energy-efficient base that we need to be an efficient producer, but also provide a platform for future development of cellulosic ethanol and differentiated co-products.”

E Energy Adams LLC was the second US ethanol plant to sign a commercial agreement for purchase, license to operate, and full-scale installation of Fiber Separation Technology™. At the time of publication, E Energy joins Redfield Energy of Redfield, South Dakota, Kansas Ethanol of Lyons, Kansas, IGPC Ethanol, Inc. of Ontario, Canada, and ICM Biofuels (formerly Lifeline Foods LLC) of St. Joseph, Missouri as an FST™ customer.

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ICM, Inc. Announces Contract with Kansas Ethanol LLC on Full-Scale Commercial Installation of its Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST™)

(Colwich, Kan. February 9, 2015) – ICM, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kansas Ethanol LLC, of Lyons, Kansas, has signed an agreement for purchase, license to operate, and full-scale installation of ICM’s patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology™. FST™ is a value-added platform technology that removes fiber from a standard ethanol process, allowing increased ethanol and oil recovery yields, unlocking throughput and efficiency for each gallon of ethanol produced, and creating options for diversified co-products with high-protein feeds and fiber.
Mike Chisam, President and CEO of Kansas Ethanol LLC, said, “Kansas Ethanol was in a similar situation a few years ago as an early adopter of ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™(SMT™), and SMT™’s success gave us a great deal of confidence as we considered taking this next step as an early adopter of FST™. Kansas Ethanol is blessed to have world class operations and maintenance teams that thrive in the exciting atmosphere of adopting new technologies, and ICM has proven themselves to be a trusted partner that truly wants us to succeed. We are eager to take full advantage of the benefits that FST™ is going to bring.”
Chris Mitchell, President of ICM, Inc., said, “Kansas Ethanol is both a valued customer and partner in the industry. We are impressed with Kansas Ethanol’s desire to be a leader in the renewable fuels industry and we appreciate this opportunity to help them set new operation and production standards with the addition of Fiber Separation Technology™.”
Kansas Ethanol is one of the 19 ethanol plants in North America either running or under contract to run ICM’s Selective Milling Technology™. Combined, these plants represent over 1.4 billion gallons of annual ethanol production.

Kansas Ethanol LLC joins a select group of ethanol plants that have signed an agreement for purchase, license to operate, and full-scale installation of Fiber Separation Technology™, including ICM Biofuels (formerly Lifeline Foods LLC) of St. Joseph, Missouri, IGPC Ethanol, Inc. of Ontario, Canada, and Redfield Energy LLC of Redfield, South Dakota.

 

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