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Dupps Says Farewell to Long-time Engineer

The Dupps Company has announced the retirement of William (Bill) F. Schottelkotte effective July, 1, 2009. During his 38 years of service with Dupps, most of them in an engineering leadership role, Schottelkotte has been at the forefront of rendering systems development. While he has formally retired, Schottelkotte will continue as a consultant on special projects for the company.

Schottelkotte began his career with Dupps while still in high school, working in the paint shop during summers. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelors of science degree in chemical engineering and serving as an officer in the Air Force, he joined Dupps full-time in 1971 as a field installation engineer, working directly under his father, Frank Schottelkotte, who headed the company’s engineering and sales functions at the time. Installing all types of process systems and equipment in rendering plants throughout North America, and subsequent responsibilities with Dupps’ product development efforts, gave Schottelkotte the experience needed to become director of engineering in 1978. From that time, and later as vice president of engineering, he has become one of the industry’s leading figures in rendering systems development and technology.

For over three decades, Schottelkotte has been instrumental in making sure that vital process systems and equipment kept pace with the many changes in the protein co-products industry.

“One on-going characteristic of the industry is that rendering plants continue to get bigger,” he noted. “A plant processing 20,000 to 25,000 pounds per hour was once considered large; today, it’s not uncommon to find installations with over five times that capacity.”

Another area of broad advancement over the years has been in systems control.

“Computerized control of rendering systems has become increasingly more sophisticated,” Schottelkotte commented. As an authority on rendering systems control, he delivered a presentation during the 1997 National Renderers Association convention on the topic of programmable logic controllers as they apply to rendering plant operations.

Recently, as vice president of technology, Schottelkotte has also overseen all product development at Dupps, with responsibilities not only for rendering systems, but for the expansion of the company’s manufacturing capabilities to other process industries as well.

Schottelkotte and his wife Patrice are looking forward to some long anticipated travel and devoting more time to volunteer and charitable activities with Optimist International, an organization Schottelkotte has served for 27 years. He is also considering volunteer work at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, OH, where he can apply his engineering and mechanical skills in the restoration of historic aircraft.

California University Forms Animal Welfare Advisory Council

The University of California (UC) has established the UC Animal Welfare Advisory Council to review issues of animal welfare related to animal agriculture, and to promote the development of recommendations based on sound science to improve the welfare of livestock and poultry.

The council, chaired by UC Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Daniel M. Dooley, is comprised of veterinarians, animal science professionals, and other experts from the University of California system, the California State University system, Colorado State University, and the private sector.

According to Bennie Osburn, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and vice chair of the council, the group will review current production practices, request information and white papers on issues of concern, identify gaps in the knowledge base, make recommendations for research projects and training programs to promote the adoption and implementation of best management practices by industry, and serve as a resource for policymakers, animal agriculture producers, and other interested parties.

“As animal agriculture is facing many challenges in California, it is appropriate that the University of California play a leadership role in reviewing animal production practices, including recommendations to our producers that will enhance animal welfare standards in our state,” said Richard Breitmeyer, California’s state veterinarian and a council member.

Essential Rendering Now Available in Spanish

Essential Rendering—All About the Animal By-Products Industry_, published in 2006 by the National Renderers Association, is now available as a pdf file on the association’s Web site in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Vietnamese. The book is also available on the Web site in English at

Haarslev Completes International Merger

As a final step in the integration process, Haarslev A/S has changed the names of all its subsidiaries and created a new corporate brand, Haarslev Industries, and visual identity. This is a strategic move to strengthen all activities of the company worldwide. The new brand promotes the activities of Atlas-Stord, Hetland, Svaertek, Tremesa, and Haarslev.

With the new brand, Haarslev Industries brings together expertise and know-how in different segments and markets in an effort to strengthen its core businesses of processing equipment and facilities for the worldwide meat, pet food, fish, oil, environmental protection, and biofuel industries. Further, the combined sales offices and agent network will give global coverage for the company and the opportunity to explore emerging markets such as Russia and Brazil.

Haarslev Industries will continue to be headquartered in Denmark with additional manufacturing facilities and sales/service offices in Spain, Brazil, and Peru. Further, the company operates sales and service offices in England, Germany, Norway, Russia, and the United States. Offices in Kansas City, MO, and Greensboro, NC, will still service the North American market, with the Kansas City facility expanding to better serve its customers.

NRA to Join Poultry Show

Recognizing the natural relationship with the poultry and feed industries, the National Renderers Association (NRA) will be a new affiliate at the 2010 International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo.

Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and American Feed Industry Association, the 2010 expos will be held January 27-29 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. It is known around the world as the networking hub for the global poultry and feed industries.

This new initiative establishes the International Rendering Expo (IRE). NRA will be centrally located in the IRE in a B Hall exhibit booth to highlight their programs and services and promote the rendering industry. Already with a strong contingent, such as Dupps, Haarslev, Anco-Eaglin, American Proteins, Griffin Industries, and Valley Proteins, the addition of NRA expands the programs, scope, and overall appeal of the show to the rendering industry and enhances the interaction between the poultry, feed, and rendering segments. 

As the expos are also recognized for educational sessions that keep industry management informed on important issues, the NRA will join in developing cutting-edge education programs to attract a broad spectrum of attendees to the show. The association also will again be one of the co-sponsors of the Animal Agriculture Environmental Sustainability Conference, which had a very successful launch in January 2009.

“NRA’s participation at the expo provides an excellent opportunity to bring all interested parties together at a forum to learn of the newest technologies,” explained NRA President Tom Cook. “Our organization is very pleased to be part of this outstanding event, and we are confident that the synergy of bringing the rendering industry to the expo will reap new benefits for everyone.”

Tyson Fined $500,000 After Worker Death

In mid-June, Tyson Foods was sentenced in federal court to pay a $500,000 fine and serve a year on probation for the death of a Texarkana worker overcome by poisonous fumes at a rendering plant in Arkansas.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) won the maximum fine for a willful violation of worker safety regulations. OSHA said maintenance worker Jason Kelley was overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas generated by decomposing poultry feathers. Five other people were injured.

Federal regulators said Springdale, AR-based Tyson didn’t take sufficient steps to reduce exposure to the gas after a March 2002 incident at the River Valley Animal Foods Plant in Texarkana. Tyson Foods pleaded guilty in January. It said then that the incident was an accident and that steps had been taken to prevent additional ones.

Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program Web Site Launched

A new Web site that provides details about the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program has been launched by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) at The new site may also be accessed via AFIA’s Web site at by clicking the “SF/SF” tab at the top of the home page.

The Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program is a voluntary, third-party-certified program for mills and other facilities that produce livestock feed, pet food, and related ingredients. About 330 U.S. and Canadian facilities, operated by about 80 companies, are certified by the program. The National Pork Board’s Pork Safety Committee endorsed the program this spring, and an international version of the program will launch later this year.

The new Web site presents a wealth of information about the Safe Feed/Safe Food program in a clear and concise manner that is designed to be easy to navigate. Material that explains why the program is important and valuable to the feed industry may be found on the “Why We Believe” page of the site. Comments by feed-industry experts who explain the program’s many benefits appear on the “Testimonials” page.

A map makes it easy to learn where certified facilities are located in states and provinces, and a series of frequently asked questions are answered in a separate area. Contact information also is readily available on the site.

United Kingdom Group Formed

Five of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) biggest foodchain and biomass recycling operators have come together under the banner of a new trade group, Fabra, the Foodchain and Biomass Renewables Association. Founding company members are Dundas Chemical Company, Linergy, PDM Group, John Pointon and Sons, and  P. Waddington and Company.

According to Fabra Chief Executive Stephen Woodgate, it is a move that underlines the industry’s focus on renewable energy technologies and on recovery of valuable products from what many consider to be waste.

“Fabra members share responsibility for the majority of the UK’s meat by-product processing,” explains Woodgate. “They underpin our foodchain, performing largely unseen.”

“Our members’ primary business is in foodchain and biomass reprocessing,” he continued. “They provide essential environmental services such as the processing of animal by-products and recovery of used oils from restaurants, hotels, and fast food outlets. And all Fabra members produce and use green fuels, and in some cases generate green energy to supply to the national grid.”

It is this shift in business emphasis that, according to Fabra founding member Linergy, highlights the need for a new association. Operations Director Sean McShane explained that, “Through Fabra’s work with government, its agencies, and foodchain partners, we can begin to address the crucial issue of biosecurity in a low-carbon foodchain.”

More information about Fabra and is available at

YouTube Home to Other White Meat Channel

Following in the footsteps of other organizations, the Pork Checkoff of the National Pork Board has created The Other White Meat channel on YouTube to promote all things pork. YouTube is a popular social network site where 107.1 million viewers watched 6.8 million videos in April 2009, according to the marketing research company comScore, Inc. The pork channel can be found at

The board is using YouTube to generate interest in its video contest, the “Next Pork Personality,” where consumers nationwide are invited to submit a video at to spotlight their best tip for grilling pork through August 31, 2009. The three finalists whose creativity and enthusiasm for pork comes through will be selected for a live finale grill-off in New York City. Each will prepare a pork recipe that showcases their tip for Food Network star Guy Fieri and a panel of judges. The winner of the “Next Pork Personality” will receive $5,000, a Char-Broil grill, and grilling accessories.

West Coast Rendering Former Owner Passes

Bill Fendel, who with his father and brother owned and operated West Coast Rendering in Vernon, CA, from the 1940s until the family sold it in the 1980s, passed away July 5, 2009, at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Bebe, two sons, and numerous other family and friends. No services were held at Fendel’s request.

Joe Fendel purchased the rendering plant during World War II and ran it with his sons Bill and Jim until Joe’s passing in the 1970s. The brothers continued running the business until they sold it to Dave Brownstein, D&D Disposal, in the 1980s, whose own father, Sam, originally sold the business to Joe. Dave sold both companies, D&D Disposal and West Coast Rendering, to Vin, Bill, and Rosanne Gorman in 2000.

World Renderers Group Elects New Officers

The World Renderers Organization (WRO) elected new officers for the coming year at its recent annual meeting in Cannes, France. Elected as president was Alan von Tunzelman, New Zealand; first vice president is David Kaluzny II, United States; and second vice president is Stephen Woodgate, United Kingdom. The WRO meeting was held in conjunction with the European Fat Processors and Renderers Association (EFPRA) annual meeting. Tunzelman succeeds Niels Nielsen, Denmark, who is currently the chairman of EFPRA.

Tunzelman is a past chairman and foundation member of the New Zealand Renderers Group. He is currently with Auckland Meat Processors, Ltd.

Kaluzny is a past chairman of the National Renderers Association (NRA) and Fats and Proteins Research Foundation. He is currently vice president of Kaluzny Bros., Inc., Joliet, IL.

Woodgate has been the technical director of EFPRA for the past five years and has been involved with the rendering industry in Europe for 25 years.

WRO founders stated that the organization should serve as a vehicle for education and information exchange between renderers and associated interests from different countries and associations. The WRO will also serve as a vehicle to express positions to governments and world organizations. Its members meet regularly during the annual meetings of EFPRA, NRA, and the Australian Renderers Association.

WRO membership includes renderer organizations and interests from Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The next annual meeting of the WRO will be in conjunction with the 77th annual meeting of the NRA in October 2010 in Naples, FL.

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