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September 23, 2018

There’ll Be 100 – 150 Jobs At The Rebuild Of Volney’s Ethanol Plant, But Will The Jobs Be Union Or Non-Union?


Company spokeswoman Monique Garcia provided this photo of an ICM project. She wrote, "(This) is a photo of another retrofit project that we are currently completing for the Tharaldson Ethanol plant which is located in Casselton, North Dakota. ICM is completing a full retrofit of the ethanol plant’s energy center which includes the engineering, design, equipment manufacture, and construction. Limitations in the previous drying system prevented this one-year old facility from ever reaching the production rate of 110 million gallons of ethanol production a year. So ICM was pleased to win the contract from Tharaldson Ethanol to retrofit this facility and help these hard-working rural folks bring their operations back online and keep their personnel employed."

Company spokeswoman Monique Garcia provided this photo of an ICM project. She wrote, "(This) is a photo of another retrofit project that we are currently completing for the Tharaldson Ethanol plant which is located in Casselton, North Dakota. ICM is completing a full retrofit of the ethanol plant’s energy center which includes the engineering, design, equipment manufacture, and construction. Limitations in the previous drying system prevented this one-year old facility from ever reaching the production rate of 110 million gallons of ethanol production a year. So ICM was pleased to win the contract from Tharaldson Ethanol to retrofit this facility and help these hard-working rural folks bring their operations back online and keep their personnel employed."

Monday, a company called ICM, Inc. announced it had won the job of rebuilding the former Northeast Biofuels ethanol plant in Volney.

Northeast Biofuels sold the company to the giant fuels company Sunoco as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. Northeast Biofuels said that its contractor on the project delivered a faulty design (a charge the contractor has denied) that prevented the plant from working properly.  The company said it did not have enough money to fix the problem, and moved into bankruptcy proceedings.

ICM said in a statement that it would employ 100 to 150 contractors for the rebuild.

We asked ICM spokeswoman Monique Garcia whether the company would use a union workforce, as Northeast Biofuels had done.  “[T]he majority of the labor is coming from the Oswego County area, and that ICM expects to use both union and non-union labor,” she wrote in an e-mail exchange.

She said that the company expects to finish the job in July, 2010.  She did not have an exact start date for the rebuild work.

Dave Vander Griend, President and CEO of ICM

Dave Vander Griend, President and CEO of ICM

A look at the company’s website shows that ICM says it has been involved in dozens of ethanol plant projects, mostly in the midwest.  One other ICM project is in New York State, according to its map of projects.

The company’s president, Dave Vander Griend, said in the statement that ICM got its start by making existing plants more efficient. “It gives me great personal satisfaction to see ICM tackle these unique situations and provide winning solutions for our customers,” he said in the statement.

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