As a prelude to the 120th Annual IAOM Conference & Expo, which will be held in Columbus, Ohio, the Ohio Valley District organized a joint district meeting in September at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Some 130 milling professionals participated in the activities over the three days, which included education, golf and networking. Approximately 90 people toured ADM Milling Company’s nearby Beech Grove mill before they departed.
Ohio Valley District Secretary/Treasurer Tom Reed, Research Products Company, said that he felt the organization of the joint meeting was a great training run for the work the district members will do for the annual conference.
“Kevin Mohr did a great job as chair getting things organized,” Reed stated. “In general, I think our membership is excited about assisting in any way possible with the annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, next year.”
The technical conference featured presentations on fumigation, soft wheat crop report, new NIR technology and other equipment, corrugation wear, improved hazard assessment tools, air-to-air head exchangers, sieve cloth selection and the benefits of a pre-cleaning process at intake. Presentations on the new Indiana mills at Whitewater and Beech Grove were also made. The attendees also benefited from a presentation on wheat milling food safety risks and BRC/SQF auditing.
The reception was held at the NCAA Hall of Champions, located a short walk from the conference hotel. In addition to a buffet dinner, attendees had the opportunity to shoot some hoops, try their pitching arms against virtual hitters, or their penalty kicks against a stellar goalie.
John Steinfort, Star of the West Milling Company, said that he enjoys reconnecting with his friends and colleagues in the industry at the district meetings.
“It was a pleasure to see the mill completed after personally working on the preliminary flowsheets while employed at Buhler,” Steinfort said.
Steinfort said he was able to take away some possible solutions for some issues that he had experienced with air-to-air heat exchangers in the past. He also appreciated the soft wheat report and the presentations on both of the mill expansion projects.
The golf tournament was held on the first day of the event at the Eagle Creek Golf Course. Eleven foursomes played on the Pete Dye championship course before joining the other attendees at the opening reception at the hotel.
The Niagara District will be serving as host of the joint districts’ meeting next year and plans to hold its 2016 conference in Washington, DC., USA.
Officers were either confirmed or elected for the coming year. The officers are listed below.
April 9-13, 122nd Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center