ICM wins contract to build a state-of-the-art wheat protein production facility | Nation / world


Colwich, December 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – ICM has signed a design-build agreement with Summit Sustainable Ingredients, a subsidiary of Summit Agricultural Group, to develop a vital wheat gluten production facility in Phillipsburg, Kansas. The new facility will be adjacent to Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, a biorefinery that Summit acquired earlier this year.

After Summit realized that wheat protein is scarce as an essential ingredient and confirmed the current need for sustainable and nutritious ingredients, Summit committed itself to this new project. “The construction of this new facility will bridge the gap between supply and demand for high quality wheat protein ingredients and reduce our dependence on imports,” said Bruce Rastetter, chief executive officer of the Summit Agricultural Group. “We chose ICM as our strategic partner because we have world-class expertise in integrating process technologies into a renewable fuel plant and superior ability to optimize plant efficiency.”

ICM and Summit have selected Flottweg as a long-term partner in the biofuel and food industry as a provider of the gluten extraction process. Flottweg is a manufacturer of efficient liquid-solid separation technologies. Together with ICM, Flottweg will help the new plant to produce protein extraction of the highest quality.

“This project represents an exciting milestone for us,” said Dan Ellis, President of Flottweg Americas. “We have worked on several wheat protein plants in Europe and Australia, but this will be the first in North America. However, it will not be our first collaboration with ICM, a trustworthy and long-term partner in the biofuels industry. “

The facility will be roughly twice the size of the next largest wheat protein facility in North America. The wheat protein is sold in food, pet food and specialty feed markets. The residual starch from wheat processing is converted into a premium, low-carbon, renewable biofuel at a rate of 50 million gallons per year.

“Everyone on this team shares a commitment to develop and implement solutions for high quality ingredients and low carbon production of biofuels,” said Dave VanderGriend, CEO of ICM. “We are all very pleased to be able to use our know-how to retrofit the plant in Prairie Horizon and integrate it into the new wheat plant in such a way that it has a significant positive impact, both ecologically and economically.”

The construction work for the new facility should be completed in summer 2023. When completed, the site will be the largest producer of vital wheat gluten in North America.

About ICM, Inc.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kansas with a regional office in Brazil, ICM provides innovative technologies, solutions and services to help preserve agriculture and promote renewable energies, including ethanol and feed technologies that will increase the world’s supply of protein . By delivering proprietary process technologies to over 100 facilities worldwide with a combined annual production of approximately 8.8 billion gallons of ethanol and 25 million tons of still grains, ICM has grown to become a leading global provider of biorefining technologies. For more information, see www.icminc.com.

About Summit Agricultural Group

Summit Agricultural Group is a diversified agribusiness operator and investment manager with offices in the United States and Brazil. Summit leverages capital across the agricultural supply chain, with a particular focus on the interface between agriculture and renewable energies. For more information, visit www.summitag.com.


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