ICM, Inc., based in Colwich, has signed a contract with Sunoco, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of petroleum and petrochemical products, to retrofit an existing, but idled, ethanol plant in Fulton, NY, located 10 miles south of Lake Ontario and 25 miles north of Syracuse.
Sunoco's plant is the largest ethanol manufacturing facility in the northeastern U.S., and is strategically located to supply Sunoco's retail gasoline network with ethanol as blending component; Sunoco purchased the idled facility in 2009.
Dave Vander Griend, President and CEO of ICM is energized by the challenge of this new assignment. He commented, "ICM got its start by taking struggling plants designed by other companies and retrofitting them for efficient and profitable operation. It gives me great personal satisfaction to see ICM tackle these unique situations and provide winning solutions for our customers. I'm honored that when Sunoco's management evaluated their options to upgrade this important element of their corporate strategy, they chose to place their trust in ICM."
Tom Ranallo, ICM vice president of operations added, "ICM is extremely pleased to collaborate with Sunoco to create jobs in Oswego County and strengthen America's renewable energy capabilities. This retrofit project will be supported by dozens of ICM employees and will employ local labor from the Fulton area.
ICM estimates that during the construction phase, this project will put approximately 100 to 150 subcontractor personnel to work.
As the designer and process engineering firm for more than 100 dry-mill ethanol plants, ICM has achieved relevant and substantial experience to re-engineer and re-build upon non-ICM technology that have encountered production capacity and efficiency issues.
Since 1995, ICM has led the successful modification and/or retrofitting efforts for 13 non-ICM ethanol plant ownership groups.
Speaking on the project, Michael McKee, General Manager of Sunoco's ethanol business, said, "ICM has the knowledge and experience to make this project a success.We are pleased to join with ICM to complete this important work and begin operating the facility."