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American Proteins CEO Honored

Tommy Bagwell, owner and chief executive officer of American Proteins Inc. in Cumming, Georgia, was recognized along with his wife, Chantal Bagwell, as Philanthropists of the Year by the North Georgia Community Foundation. The two have been previously honored with the award by the foundation.

American Proteins was founded by Bagwell’s father, Leland, in 1949 and is today one of the largest rendering companies in the world. With five poultry by-product conversion plants in Georgia and Alabama, the company processes five billion pounds of raw material into over 750,000 tons of finished products each year that are used as ingredients in pet food, animal feed, fertilizer, and biodiesel.

Also honored posthumously was Loyd F. Strickland, founder of Crystal Farms Inc. in 1947, which at one time was one of the largest commercial egg producers in Georgia and the United States. He passed away September 6, 2013.

Darling Buys Tallowmasters

Darling Ingredients Inc. has acquired the assets of Tallowmasters LLC, a family-owned rendering and recycling company with headquarters in Medley, Florida, and processing operations in Miami, Florida. Tallowmasters has been rendering and recycling used cooking oil and animal by-products since 1958, selling their finished products in both the domestic and international biofuels markets.

“We were pleased to work with Darling Ingredients, a world leader in the production of sustainable natural ingredients,” said Charles Largay, chief executive officer of Tallowmasters. “Our goals fit in ideally with those of Darling, where transforming residual bio-nutrients into valuable resources is the center of the business.”

Frontline Opens South American Sales Office

Ohio-based Frontline International has opened a South American sales office in Bogota, Colombia. Santiago Montejo will head the office that will allow restaurant customers and Frontline equipment dealers on the continent to receive regular visits from a used cooking oil (UCO) collection expert and environmental steward.

“By opening an office in Colombia, we can respond more effectively to the needs of our customers in all of Latin America,” said John Palazzo, president of Frontline International. “And we are very lucky to welcome Santiago to the Frontline family; he’s a bit of a pioneer in his region when it comes to the collection, disposal, and recycling of waste cooking oil.”

In 2011, Montejo started his own business to collect UCO with the environmentally related goals of reusing and repurposing this potentially valuable commodity that might otherwise be disposed of improperly. At the time, there were no local biodiesel plants that could process UCO so it had to be exported to Spain. In 2014, Montejo learned about Frontline International through the company’s website and contacted them to learn more. In 2015, Frontline sent Montejo equipment to collect UCO from professional kitchen fryers and by 2016, he was attending the National Restaurant Association conference on the company’s behalf.

While he originally focused on collecting and repurposing the oil, the more he learned about the safety hazards involved with handling UCO, the more driven he was to approach sales and service from the perspective of making kitchens safer, cleaner places. He has worked with the Colombian government to create and standardize formal processes for UCO collection, even assisting with writing the related regulations and lobbying the government for change. He is now an environmental consultant for both the country and the broader South American restaurant industry.

The Bogota office will run independently from Frontline International’s Oil Care branded operations headquartered in Puerto Rico.

OIE to Establish US Liaison Office

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is establishing a liaison office at the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases based in College Station, Texas, a unit within the Texas A&M University System that was recognized as an OIE Collaborating Center in the domain of biological threat reduction in 2014. The OIE office is expected to open October 1, 2017, with the aim of increasing collaboration, establishing partnerships, and maintaining donor relations with several United States state agencies and departments as well as organizations that have an interest in global animal health and welfare. The office will also offer support to OIE Headquarters based in Paris, France.

With respect to its standard-setting mandate, OIE is recognized as the reference organization for animal health and zoonoses by the World Trade Organization. OIE currently has 181 member countries and 12 regional and sub-regional representations located on each continent.

Uzelac Names VP and GM

Mike Hobbs has been named vice president and general manager of Uzelac Industries Inc., a manufacturer of design-build rotary drying systems based in Greendale, Wisconsin.

Before joining Uzelac, Hobbs served as operations manager at Rockwell Automation. He began his career at Siemens, where he held engineering, project management, sales, and management roles. He later served as general manager at Avanti Wind Systems.

A Wisconsin native, Hobbs graduated with honors from the Milwaukee School of Engineering where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, accredited professional and a registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

Wallace and Farm Brands Merge

Wallace Corporation Limited and Farm Brands Limited have merged their respective coproducts businesses and operations to create Wallace Group Limited Partnership. The new multi-million dollar entity acquired the assets and business of Dunedin, New Zealand-based rendering company, Keep It Clean Ltd. The merger of the two multi-generational coproducts businesses aims to optimize its processing capability, including developing higher-value finished products and establish an expanded casualty cow collection service in the South Island of New Zealand.

“I am delighted to be able to continue the evolution of our over-80-year-old business,” said Sir James Wallace, chairman and managing director, Wallace Corporation.

“Our family has traded rendered products with the Wallace family for over 40 years,” stated Hugh Spence, chief executive officer, Farm Brands. “Wallace Group is a very positive outcome for staff and supplier customers as we’ll be able to deliver even higher levels of operational excellence.”

Graham Shortland, formerly chief executive officer of Wallace Corporation, will lead the new company that will be headquartered at Wallace Corporation’s Waitoa site.

Under the terms of the merger, Auckland-based Farm Brands, owned by Modena Investments (NZ), contributed rendering plants in Timaru and Dunedin and a substantial export trading business based in Auckland primarily focused on protein meals and tallows. The Farm Brands office in Auckland has been retained and will continue to operate the export trading activities under the Farm Brands name.

Wallace Corporation, based in Waitoa, contributed their Waitoa industrial site and businesses including the tannery, rendering plant, and compost business, a casualty collection center in Northland, their Feilding operation, and Hororata rendering plant.

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