Four of IAOM’s districts gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio, from September 20-22 for their annual fall conference. More than 100 attendees participated in the three-day event, which included a golf tournament, a day of technical offerings and a Major League Baseball game, and a tour of the nearby Whitewater Mill, a joint venture between Siemer Milling Company and H. Nagel & Son.
Southeastern District Chairman Dustin Mariman facilitated the successful networking event of the Niagara, Ohio Valley, Southeastern, and Wolverine districts at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.
The Devou Golf Course hosted 24 golfers in gorgeous temperatures on day one of the event. Later that same day, participants gathered in one of the hotel’s spacious meeting rooms with table top exhibitors for the opening reception.
A full day of technical and what’s new presentations earmarked the conference gathering Thursday. Stewart welcomed conference goers and IAOM President Stephen 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 mobile app resource for IAOM members.
Technical speakers and presentation titles during the morning included Dan Evans, Unity Scientific; New Technology in the NIR Spectroscopy, Stephan Bega, Sangati Berga; Who We Are and What We Do.
Various allied trades supporters had the opportunity to provide brief presentations during both the morning and afternoon sessions. These 10-minute offerings by each speaker utilized a popular What’s New theme often seen at other IAOM conferences.
Other morning presenters included Brad Kenny of Nilfisk, Chris Schnetzer of Cat Equipment, and Daniel Ayd of Bühler. Afternoon presentations included Debbie Copelan of Saati, Dillon Phillips of Bratney Companies, Jeff Waggoner of Fumigation Service & Supply (FSS), Yan Gagne of Premier Tech Chronos, Icy Williams of Atmos 360, and Carey Bennett of Dekra Insight.
Breaks during the day were sponsored by Buhler and Industrial Magnetics. Lunch for attendees was sponsored by Dekra Insight, Premier Tech Chronos and REPCO. Creason Companies sponsored the on-time awards for the day.
A table top exhibition featured the industry’s leading equipment manufacturers and service providers.
Each District met for a business meeting and to elect new officers for the coming year. That evening, members joined together again for a very successful evening at the Great American Ballpark just a few blocks from the hotel. The Cincinnati Reds hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a National League matchup. The large group enjoyed a reserved special section complete with tables and chairs, and food and drink.
On the final morning of the event, more than 50 attendees boarded a bus, traveling to the Whitewater Mill in West Harrison, Indiana, approximately 25 miles west of Cincinnati. Rick Siemer, president of Siemer Milling, met those who participated in the event, along with Sunil Maheshwari, director of new product development, and Vernon “Red” Tegeler, vice president of production.
The 10,000-cwt (500 MT) flour mill began operation in the spring of 2015. After introductory comments by Siemer and a light breakfast served outside the mill, two groups toured the mill from top to bottom over the next two hours.
District Leadership Officers chosen during the business meetings included the Ohio Valley District selection of Director LaVern Huepenbecker, Keynes Bros.; Chairperson Ed Gwirtz, The Mennel Milling Co.; Vice Chairperson Kenny Stice, Siemer Milling Co.; 1st Executive Committeeperson Steve (Red) Michel, Star of the West; and Secretary/Treasurer Tom Reed, REPCO.
The Niagara District saw no changes in leadership at this time. Leaders include Director Drew Stewart, ADM Milling; Chairperson Daniel Rowe, Ardent Mills; Vice Chairperson Mason Reid, Wilkins-Rogers, Inc.; Secretary Spencer Hickey, Corbion; Treasurer Darryl Tateishi, DT Grain Processing Systems Inc.; and Allied Trades Chairperson Don Elton.
The Southeastern District also saw no changes. Director Stephen Banks, Grain Craft; Chairperson Dustin Mariman, Wilkins-Rogers, Inc.; Vice Chairperson Charles McLean, Bay State Milling; Secretary/Treasurer Bill Lindquist, Corbion; and Allied Trades Representative Art Creason, Creason Companies.
The Wolverine District elected the following slate of officers: Director Regan Doyle, King Milling Co.; Chairperson John Steinfort, Star of the West Milling Co.; Treasurer Wes Lentz, Chelsea Milling Co.; Secretary Tom Carpenter, Corbion.