Some 103 attendees from four of IAOM’s eastern districts gathered at the Embassy Suites hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, on November 16-17 for their annual fall conference. The two-day event, featured a day of education, an evening at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and a golf outing. The Niagara District served as host and facilitated the successful networking event of the Niagara, Ohio Valley, Southeastern, and Wolverine districts.
The East Potomac Golf Course on Hains Point Island hosted 24 golfers in well-above average temperatures on day one of the event. Later that same day, participants gathered in the hotel’s spacious atrium for the opening reception.
A full day of technical and What’s New presentations marked the conference gathering. Niagara District Chairman Drew Stewart welcomed conference goers and IAOM Vice President Steve Doyle provided an update on international activities and an overview of challenges the milling industry faces. Tom Sargent, IAOM director of professional development, shared a newly-launched discussion board resource for IAOM members and gave an update on the online Milling Technician Certificate program offered through Cowley College.
Jim McCarthy, North American Millers’ Association (NAMA), provided an overview of the state of milling in North America. Ben Boroughs, NAMA, reviewed developments related to the Food Safety Modernization Act. David Frazelle, ADM Milling Co., discussed what steps should be taken if a company receives an OSHA citation. Representatives from seven allied trades companies made 10-minute What’s New presentations throughout the day.
The afternoon technical sessions were kicked off by Tom Worcester, ADM Milling, with his session on simplifying the purification process. Attendees were provided a look inside congressional processes and efforts, including possible opportunities and challenges on the horizon as a new president takes office within a couple months.
ADM Milling Company’s government regulations team members Bryan Dierlam and Beth Holzman shared a recap of the election and government regulations prior to the afternoon break. And then they followed up with an overview of who does what in DC. The 60-minute presentation sparked numerous questions from the audience.
Each district met after closing remarks for a business meeting and to elect new officers for the coming year.
That evening, members joined together again at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center, a companion facility to the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Two buses carried all to the museum for a private evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and tours of the air and space museum’s displays. Closed to the general public, the group was able to tour the entire facility in small groups and individually. The evening was capped off with the one hour, 3-D for IMAX formatted version of the documentary film, D-Day, narrated by Tom Brokaw.
Each district elected a slate of officers during the business meetings. The officers are:
Ohio Valley District
Director Vern Huepenbecker, Keynes Bros.; Chairperson Steve Mitchell, Siemer Milling; Vice Chairperson Ed Gwirtz, Mennel Milling; Secretary Tom Reed, Research Products Co.; and 1st Executive Committeeperson Kenny Stice, Siemer Milling
Director Drew Stewart, ADM Milling Co.; Chairperson Daniel Rowe, Ardent Mills; Vice Chairperson Mason Reid, Wilkins-Rogers Mills; Secretary Spencer Hickey, Corbion Caravan; Treasurer Darryl Tateishi, DT Grain Processing Systems Inc.; and Allied Trades Chairperson Don Elton, Whitelaw Machinery Co., Ltd.
Director Greg Ball, King Milling Co.; Chairperson Chad Tyrakowski, The Mennel Milling Co.; Vice Chairperson Regan Doyle, King Milling Co.; 1st Executive Committeeperson John Steinfort, Star of the West Milling Co.; Treasurer Wes Lentz, Chelsea Milling Co.; and Secretary Tom Carpenter, Corbion Caravan.
Director Stephen Banks, Grain Craft; Chairperson Dustin Mariman, Wilkins-Rogers, Inc; Vice Chairperson Charles Mclean, Bay State Milling; Secretary/Treasurer Bill Lindquist, Corbion Caravan; and Allied Trades Representative Art Creason, Creason Companies.
The Southeastern District will host the 2017 event and are tentatively planning it for September 27-29, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Special thanks to our event exhibitors and sponsors!
* Blower Engineering
* CETEC Cereal Technologies, Inc.
* Creason Corrugating Co.
* Degesch America, Inc.
DT Grain Processing Systems Inc
* Food Protection Alliance
* Fortress Technology
* Gelpac Rouville Packaging Solutions, Inc.
* Great Western Manufacturing
* Imas North America
* Industrial Fumigant Company
* Industrial Magnetics, Inc.
* Laidig Systems, Inc.
* Meridian MFG
Nitta Corporation of America
* Premier Tech Chronos
* Sefar Inc.
* Thiele Technologies
* Unity Scientific
* Vortex Valves
Whitelaw Machinery Ltd
April 9-13, 122nd Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
ADM Milling Company
Wilkins Rogers Mills
Allied Trades Chairperson
DT Grain Processing Systems, Inc.