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Kaluzny Patriarch Passes

David J. Kaluzny, past president and chairman of the board of Kaluzny Bros., Inc., in Joliet, IL, passed away April 8, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. He was 83 years old.

A graduate of Marquette University and a veteran of the Army Korean War Finance Corps, Kaluzny served as plant manager at Inland Steel in Milwaukee, WI, before joining Kaluzny Bros., Inc. in 1965. He was active in the rendering industry, serving on the National Renderers Association Board of Directors for many years. Kaluzny was also past president of the Will-Grundy Manufacturers Association, a member of the National Association of Power Engineers, a Third Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council 382, a member of the Chicago Midwest Meat Association, past president and sergeant-at-arms of the Food, Beverage, and Equipment Executives of Chicago, and a member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish as well as co-founder of its Home and School Association. He was a passionate fisherman and hunter of large and small game, and especially took pride as head of the Kaluzny Family Deer Camp for 42 years.

Kaluzny is survived by his wife, Dorothy, 14 children, and over 65 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul the Apostle Education Fund or The Joliet Hospice.

Darling International Becomes Darling Ingredients

In early May, Darling International, Inc. changed its corporate name to Darling Ingredients, Inc. The company’s trading symbol (DAR) on the New York Stock Exchange will not change as a result of the corporate name change.

E.B. Wakeman Appoints Latin America Sales Director

Luis Gonzalez Najera has joined E.B. Wakeman Company, LLC, San Luis Obispo, CA, as director of sales for Mexico and Latin America to further develop the company’s growing portfolio of business in the region. Established in 1952, E.B. Wakeman Company is a commodities brokerage firm specializing in fats, oils, and rendered proteins providing marketing, logistics, and consulting services to the rendering, animal nutrition, and biofuel industries.

Gonzalez Najera comes to the company with a successful track record of business development in the rendering and animal nutrition industries. His experience includes management positions at Mexican poultry producer Bachoco S.A. de C.V. in addition to key positions at several other agricultural commodity-trading firms. Responsibilities in his new position will include expanding export sales for E.B. Wakeman’s network of suppliers as well as providing consulting services to agribusinesses in Mexico and Central America. Gonzalez Najera will be based in Mexico City, Mexico.

New Zealand Rendering Plant Commissioned

New Zealand meat processor and exporter Alliance Group has completed commissioning the second stage of its new $25 million rendering plant at Lorneville near Invercargill, New Zealand. The plant’s daily production includes about 50 metric tons of high quality meat meal for food manufacturers and animal feeds and around 80 metric tons of tallow for use in a range of applications from cosmetics to biofuels. The products are exported to international markets such as China, North America, Europe, and Asia.

The new plant incorporates the latest technology, including a press dewatering system that uses less energy and produces high quality products. The process is virtually “zero waste,” resulting in high product yields and low wastewater output.

The plant is expected to save the co-operative 9,000 metric tons of lignite and more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough to power 170 homes. The plant, which processes raw material from Alliance’s Lorneville, Mataura, and Makarewa processing plants in New Zealand, also uses innovative Rendertech technology providing continuous throughput, further reducing energy and handling requirements.

Almost 2,000 people are employed at Lorneville, which is New Zealand’s largest sheep meat processing plant. Alliance Group is a co-operative owned by 5,000 farmer shareholders and is the world’s largest processor and exporter of sheep meat.

US Meat Groups to Merge

American Meat Institute (AMI) general members voted unanimously in mid-April to merge with the North American Meat Association (NAMA), whose board voted to proceed in March 2014. The two organizations will create a transitional committee to begin the process of merging operations and governing structure. AMI and NAMA will become one group effective January 1, 2015.

Wilbur-Ellis Acquires Allied Premium Protein

Wilbur-Ellis’ Feed Division has acquired Allied Premium Protein (APP), a division of Brown Packing Co., Inc. Located in Gaffney, SC, APP is a provider of animal protein meals to the domestic and international livestock industry. Brown Packing Co. will continue to operate its beef operation in Gaffney.

The acquisition is part of Wilbur-Ellis’ Feed Division’s eastward expansion in North America. The division has added marketing offices in Wichita, KS, Raleigh, NC, and Richmond, VA. Offices have also been open in Canada in Guelph, ON, and Halifax, NS.

Wilbur-Ellis’ Feed Division is a marketer and distributor of value-added feed ingredients for the aquaculture, livestock, and pet food industries in North America and Asia-Pacific. In recent years, the company has invested substantial resources in improving its supply chain operations and focusing on issues such as product safety, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, and risk management. Wilbur-Ellis is also addressing new regulations, including the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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