The founder and president of a world leader in ethanol plant engineering and construction is the recipient of the 2012 Renewable Fuels Association Membership Award.
Dave Vander Griend founded ICM, Inc. of Colwich, Kansas in 1995 and developed it into the industry leader for the design, construction, and support of ethanol plants. Presenting the award, RFA chairman Chuck Woodside of KAAPA Ethanol noted the important role that Vander Griend has played in “helping ethanol producers improve efficiencies, develop new technologies and product streams and increase profitability” and adding that “his commitment to the industry is unquestionable and his passion for innovation seems limitless.”
Accepting the award, Vander Griend thanked RFA for working tirelessly for the ethanol industry. “This is not about what one guy can do but what can be accomplished when a whole lot of people work together,” he said. “What we’re doing here is an exceptionally unique thing that has been a blessing to agriculture, worked well to improve the price of grain and the opportunities for agriculture and what we continue to have is the opportunity to extend this quality product to improve the quality of the air for people in urban America.”
Vander Griend is pictured here receiving the award from RFA president Bob Dinneen (left) and Woodside.
Listen to or download Woodside’s presentation of the award and Vander Griend’s comments here: RFA Leadership Award Winner Dave Vander Griend