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Rendering Legend Bisplinghoff Dies

The rendering industry lost one of its greatest members in December 2015. Dr. Fred D. Bisplinghoff, who was affectionately known as “Dr. Fred,” died from complications of pneumonia at the age of 91.

Bisplinghoff graduated from the University of Missouri in 1951 with a bachelor of science in animal nutrition and a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He was a large-animal practitioner until 1956 when he joined Faber Industries, an Illinois rendering company with six plants. He served as general manager for the company’s animal feed, solvent extraction, and fat and protein blending operations until 1959 when he became executive vice president managing all rendering operations. After Faber was purchased by National By-Products in 1965, Bisplinghoff assumed responsibility for all former Faber facilities, which included a barge terminal and hide operations. At the time of his retirement from National By-Products in 1985, he had supervised all of the company’s operations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and eastern Missouri, and had served in many rendering association positions, including as National Renderers Association (NRA) president from 1971 to 1972.

After retiring, Bisplinghoff consulted for Holly Farms Poultry and simultaneously filled three positions in rendering associations for five years, including president and technical director of the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation (1988-1993), director of NRA Scientific Affairs (1988-1993), and president of the Animal Protein Producers Industry (1983-1993). From 1993 to 2006 he consulted for 11 rendering companies and was a contributing author on The Original Recyclers book published by NRA in 1996.

Bisplinghoff was honored in late October with the NRA Don Franco Distinguished Service Award for his meritorious service to the rendering industry.

European Rendering Leader Dies

Gordon Braide, a major figure in the United Kingdom (UK) and European rendering industry for over 40 years, died in early January. He was 76.

Braide began working for Prosper de Mulder (now Saria) in 1970 and retired 43 years later in 2013. He also served as chairman of the UK Renderers Association from 1998 to 2008.

“Gordon had a large and positive personality to go with his astute style of management of the industry leaders,” recalled Stephen Woodgate, Beacon Research in the UK. “Those in the European rendering industry remember him as a great leader who inspired loyalty and respect both at the business executive level and within the trade associations he was involved with and led, especially during the bovine spongiform encephalopathy crisis.”

American Proteins Names President

Mark Ham has been named president of American Proteins Inc. He joined the Cumming, Georgia-based rendering company in 2011 as director of business development for three years before being promoted to vice president of business development.

Ham’s experience in the poultry industry has spanned nearly 40 years. He worked in various positions at Cagle’s Inc. for 35 years, most recently as executive vice president/chief financial officer. Ham also served on the Georgia Poultry Federation Board, including as its chairman, and the Tennessee Poultry Association Board.

Dupps Awarded for Healthy Worksite

The Ohio Department of Health and Healthy Ohio Business Council have recognized The Dupps Company with its highest honor, the 2015 Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Gold Award. The award recognizes employers who best demonstrate a commitment to their employees’ good health through worksite health initiatives and wellness programs. Dupps is the only small manufacturing business (300 employees or less) to receive this prestigious award.

“Everyone at our company is to be congratulated for creating a wellness culture that makes The Dupps Company one of the healthiest worksites in the state of Ohio,” said Jim Vose, director of human resources. Among the company’s wellness initiatives is a comprehensive program of healthy activities, on-site health screenings, in-house doctor care, wellness counseling, and financial incentives for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Frontline Honored with Innovation Award

Frontline International, a leading provider of smart oil management systems for foodservice operators, has won a Takeaway Innovation Award at the Takeaway Innovation Expo 2015 in London, United Kingdom. Frontline’s equipment was nominated for an award by Bensons Products Ltd., the sole distributor of Frontline equipment in the United Kingdom.

Frontline’s entire line of customizable fresh and waste oil solutions was recognized with the Innovation Award, which is described as “a celebration of an idea which has truly pushed the boundaries of design and service. The Innovation Award recognizes the concept that combines an unprecedented blend of creativity and uniqueness to the food sector.”

Keystone Hires New President

Keystone Foods has named Devin Cole president of Keystone US, overseeing the company’s poultry, beef, and fish businesses in North America. Cole is a food industry veteran with 20 years’ experience, most recently as chief commercial officer at Tyson Foods Inc.

Simmons Building New Pet Food Ingredient Facility

Simmons Feed Ingredients, an affiliate of Simmons Foods Inc. and Affiliates, has broken ground on a new 89,125­-square-foot pet food ingredient facility in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The company plans to invest approximately $26 million in the facility where it will produce fresh and frozen meat ingredients for pet food manufacturers.

Founded in 1949, privately-owned Simmons Foods employs over 1,200 people at its Siloam Springs operations, which produces poultry, pet food, and ingredient products. The company also operates a feed ingredient facility in Southwest City, Missouri.

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