District Officers

Nelson Selmer

Nelson Selmer
Ardent Mills

Zach Hanson
General Mills

Jake Iseman
Vice Chairperson
ADM Milling

Jeff Schanz
1st Exe. Committeeperson
Grain Craft

Tom Douglas
2nd Exe. Committeeperson
Grain Craft

Adrian Najera
3rd Exe. Committeeperson
Miller Milling Company

Tim Becker
4th Exe. Committeeperson
Ardent Mills

Steve Klett
Hood Packaging Corporation

Millers meet in Big Sky

The Western District held its fall technical conference at the Summit at Big Sky Montana.

IAOM Western District Meeting

Around 60 milling professionals and their guests attended the annual Western District technical conference on August 17 in Big Sky, Montana. Upon arrival, several groups met at the venue on the eve of the technical session for informal networking.

The technical session featured presentations on FSMA, magnets, new sifting products, blower maintenance and innovations, integrated pest management, impacts of process changes on dust collection systems, ultrasonic inspections, NIR inline analysis, and new facility expansion. The final speaker conducted a Q&A on the craft brewing industry.

Despite the cool temperatures on August 18, around 28 golfers participated in a golf scramble at the Big Sky Golf Course. The shotgun start was briefly delayed as the players waited for the frost to dissipate. All teams finished shortly after noon when prizes were awarded to the top teams and hole-prize winners.

The District elected a new slate of officers for the 2017-18 year. The officers are:

Director Nelson Selmer, Ardent Mills

Chairperson Zach Hanson, General Mills

Chairperson Jake Iseman, ADM Milling

1st Exe. Committeeperson Jeff Schanz, Grain Craft

2nd Exe. Committeeperson Tom Douglas, Grain Craft

3rd Exe. Committeeperson Adrian Najera, Miller Milling Company

4th Exe. Committeeperson Tim Becker, Ardent Mills

Secretary/Treasurer Steve Klett, Hood Packaging Corporation

The District is tentatively planning to hold its next annual meeting in Lake Tahoe, California. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Western District Technical Conference

August 17, 2017 | Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana, USA

Magnet Man
Brian Hater, Industrial Magnetics

Combustible Dust 101
John Allen, Sonic Aire

New Sifting Products
Cory Lare, Buhler

Advancements & Maintenance
Sam Byrnes, Blower Engineering

IPM for Flour/Grain Mills
Tom Beck, IFC

Omas Leonardo Roller Mill
Dawson Mosey, Bratney

Impacts of Process Changes on a Dust Collection System
Afshin Nayeri, Kice Industries

Ultrasonic Inspections
Ed LaPreze, Pepper Maintenance

New Facility Expansion
Diwakar Mokadam, IMAS

FSMA Update
Tom Black, Ardent Mills

NIR Inline Analysis
Steve Nenonen, FOSS

2017 Crop Updates
Collin Watters, Montana Wheat & Barley Commission

It’s All About Beer
Steve Nordahl, Lone Peak Brewing