The IAOM 2013 Joint Fall Meeting and Technical Conference, hosted by the Southeast district and including the Ohio Valley, Niagara, and Wolverine districts, was held on September 25-27 in Roanoke, Va. The venue was the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, A Doubletree Hotel, which received many accolades from conference participants. Chairman Charles Richardson noted that total registration was 127, including those attending the spouse/guest program.
The conference pinnacle was Friday when Don Mennel, president of Mennel Milling, opened up the Roanoke mill for tours. Approximately 60 went through the mill guided by Mennel employees. Mennel said, “IAOM is a member driven organization. We learn from each other. I have always learned something or picked up at least one new idea from touring a mill. We felt that it was our turn to reciprocate.”
The conference opened with a golf tournament on Wednesday at the Hanging Rock Golf Club followed by an evening reception at the hotel. The technical conference followed on Thursday. Charles Richardson, Southeast District chairman, opened the conference and IAOM President Joel Hoffa followed with an IAOM update.
The first speaker was Bob Reid, honorary chairman, retired from Mennel Milling who spoke on the topic, A Miller in Retirement. Other topics and speakers included Steve Coulombe, Sturtevant Inc, on Project Update Protein Shift; Collins McGeorge, Industrial Magnetics, Inc., on Best Methods for Magnetic Separation in the Milling Industry, and Mike Townsend, Force Flow, Chemical Monitoring. Mark Fowler of Kansas State University provided a KSU Update.
Several sponsors and other vendors participated in the table top exhibit, which had both morning and afternoon opportunities. The afternoon sessions included talks by Josef Reiser, Buhler, on Particle Analysis; Greg Vander Vorste, Premier Tech Chronos, on Packaging System Innovations; Diwakar Mokadam, IMAS North America, on IMAS Purifiers; Nathan Stocker, Royal Fumigation, on Fumigation Update; and Paul Birdsong, Pace Company, on Pace Company/Vortex Valves. The afternoon closed with business meetings for each district.
Thursday evening’s festivities began with a reception. Don Mennel gave a pre-dinner presentation titled Peregrinations of an Old Miller. Following dinner and an unexpected evacuation due to a small fire in the conference center, the evening proceeded with comic ventriloquist, Steve Brogan. Brogan’s dummies focused much attention on Joel Hoffa, IAOM President, and Dr. Jeff Gwirtz, JAG Services, but their participation resulted in great laughter from the audience.
Allied Trades sponsors of the conference included: Corbion, Creason Corrugating Co., Blower Engineering, Buhler, Force Flow, Great Western Mfg., Imas North America, Industrial Magnetics, Laidig Systems Inc., NA Foss, Pace Company, Premier Tech Chronos, Research Products, Rotary Airlock, Royal Pest Solutions, Routt and Associates, and Unity Scientific.
September 17-19 – Wolverine, Niagara, Ohio Valley and Southeastern Districts’ Joint Meeting
Amway Grand Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
King Milling Co.
Knappen Milling Co.
The Mennel Milling Co.
Chelsea Milling Co.