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2007 ICM, Inc.

ICM

Dedicated to the global biofuels industry in an effort to sustain agriculture through innovation
With an unparalleled passion and commitment, the people of ICM have made the company an industry leader in engineering, building, and supporting ethanol plants around the world. Based in Colwich, KS, ICM, Inc., is home to talented, committed employees, working together to engineer, build, and support the biofuels industrys most efficient and innovative ethanol plants. Our focus on excellence and innovation allows us to guarantee that every ICM-engineered plant will perform as promised backed by our pledge to fully support each of them with the many services only a turnkey supplier can offer. Were excited about our future as a company and an industry. And we find what that future will mean to farmers and the people of the world especially satisfying.

Leading in every way


Fueled by a passion to grow and sustain agriculture cultivated during their childhood on an Iowa farm, Dave Vander Griend and his brother Dennis have been making their mark in ethanol since the 70s. Now an ICM process engineer, Dennis was a student at South Dakota State University in 1978 when he enlisted Daves help to build his first distillation column design. That two-column still received the first commercial fuel ethanol manufacturing permit issued by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Developing a safe, efficient dryer Their enthusiasm for ethanol led both Dave and Dennis to spend the next 17 years working with various companies to grow and develop the industry. Then, in 1995, Daves conviction that there was a better waystarting with the development of a more efficient, safer distillers grain dryerled him to start ICM with 20 employees. The companys first dryer was installed the following year. And by 2004, ICM celebrated the completion of its 50th dryer. Illustrating just how quickly the industry has grown, ICM manufactured No. 100 in 2006 and will deliver dryer No. 200 in 2007. Conserving natural resources while reducing energy bills In 1996, ICM partnered with Phoenix Bio-Systems to design and build Bio-Methanators (anaerobic wastewater treatment systems), enabling ICM to offer zero process water discharge while capturing methane to help power the plant.
Dennis Vander Griend, now an ICM process engineer, talks with Congressman Berkley Bedell about the two-column, 190-proof still he built with the help of his brother Dave while a student at South Dakota State University in 1978. Their combined talents yielded impressive results: The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms issued them the countrys first commercial fuel ethanol manufacturing permit.

Engineering and building everything from upgrades to plants Not long after the company began, ICM started helping existing plants optimize their process as well as expand. In 2001, we engineered and built our new generation ethanol plant, U.S. Energy Partners in Russell, KS. In 2003, we constructed our first greenfield 100 MGY plant, VeraSun Energy in Aurora, SD. And in 2006, twothirds of the ethanol plants under construction in North America featured ICMs process technology. Weve continued to grow, maturing into a turnkey supplier for the ethanol industry, even leading in operational days. In fact, ICMs nameplate guarantee is based on running 353 days a year, though most run well above that.

In 2006, two out of three plants under construction in North America featured our technology, while in March 2007, 2.1 BGY of the 5.8 BGY of ethanol produced in the U.S. were the result of ICM process technology.

The fuel of the future


Its still (essentially) your great-grandfathers great-grandfathers ethanol .
Did you know that the ethanol in the ethanol-enriched gasoline many Americans are filling up with today is virtually the same alcohol Lewis and Clark burned in their oil lamps back in the 1800s? Or that its basically the same renewable fuel Henry Ford used to power his horseless carriage? Since the era of lamp-lit nights and crank-start cars, ethanol production has become exponentially more efficient. Historys sporadic support for ethanol has taken an upswing too, pushing biofuels into the media spotlight with President George W. Bushs 2007 State of the Union Address, which called for a fuels standard of 35 billion gallons per year (BGY) of renewable fuels by 2017.

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New oil was discovered in Texas, and ethanol prices soared. Nicholas Otto used ethanol to power his Ottocycle, creating the prototype for todays internal-combustion engine. Congress imposed a $2.08/gallon alcohol tax to fund the Civil War and the ethanol industry suffered. Union Congress lifted the excise tax, making ethanol affordable again. For more of the story, visit icminc .com .

While fuel ethanol itself has remained virtually unchanged, its come a long way in the past 180 years.

Samuel Morey developed an engine that ran on ethanol and turpentine.

Henry Fords first automobile, the quadricycle, was powered by 100% ethanol.

Ford developed the first commercial flexible-fuel vehicle the Model-T.

Meeting the needs of the industry Whether engineering, manufacturing, building, or supporting, ICMs experienced team understands the pressures and needs of ethanol plants. And we work round the clock in support of our customers while growing and developing the industry around the world. Looking to the future, guaranteeing success True to the Vander Griend brothers early commitment to develop the industry, ICM is always looking for a better way and the next innovation. Weve invested heavily in the future with state-of-the-art research facilities, a pilot plant, and a team of the industrys brightest engineers, welders, scientists, construction workers, managers, and support staff. Dedicated to discovering the key to efficient cellulosic ethanol production, were also taking our vision to sustain agriculture through innovation to other countries. As we improve our design and develop new innovations, well continue to test our ideas to ensure we can deliver as promised.

Neill McKinstray, vice president of The Andersons, Inc., said they chose ICM to build their three plants based on the impression that it was a do as you say, say as you do kind of company. ICM brought us a onestop opportunity to construct our plants with direct communication all the way through the organization, Neill explained. Plus, there appeared to be a reasonable connection between the values of our two companies. ICM looks out for the clients interest as well as the interest of the industry. At The Andersons, we believe we have four constituentsowners, customers, community, employees and we try to serve the needs of all of them without one gaining at the expense of the other. Thats the same impression you get when you work with ICM.

Dave Vander Griend, ICM President & CEO, understands what it takes to build a biofuels plant from the ground up literally. With a background as a welder, Dave was the manufacturing support behind the first U.S. permitted fuel distillation equipment. Today, hes still focused on building, engineering, and supporting the worlds most efficient ethanol plants.

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World War I pushed U.S. ethanol demand to 60 MGY.

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Prohibition) was ratified, reducing farmer-produced ethanol. For more of the story, visit icminc .com .

Standard Oil added ethanol to gasoline to increase octane and reduce knocking. More than 2,000 Midwest filling stations sold gas blended with ethanol. Big oil kept ethanol bills from passing. World War II increased U.S. ethanol consumption to 600 MGY.

A deadly seven-car pileup at Indy 500 Capable of supersonic performance, prompted an alcohol blend powered Chuck a switch Yeager past Mach 1. to alcohol fuel. Even if you wanted it, fuel ethanol wasnt available in the U.S.

OPEC oil embargo and the resulting energy crisis prompted President Nixon to pass the first act to promote ethanol as a fuel, while the EPA ruled lead 5 must be phased out of gas.

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Driven to find creative, new ways to make ethanol production even more efficient
RESEARCHING The ICM Research and Development team is working to develop revolutionary new process technologies as well as equipment. To support our efforts, weve constructed state-of-the-art research labs at our headquarters in Colwich, KS, as well as the LifeLine plant were building in St. Joseph, MO, and staffed them with industry experts. So we can continue to deliver the next generation of guaranteed solutions, well also have a full-scale pilot plant in St. Joseph. Work by our team of Ph.D.s and research scientists includes: Further optimizing our ethanol process ICM-engineered plants are already the most efficient in the industry. They use less pipe and energy while experiencing less downtime. Yet, were always exploring and refining our processes, working to develop ways to make them even more efficient. Exploring alternative fuel sources in an effort to reduce energy costs Were finding ways to help ICM-engineered plants reduce energy costs by adding features like steam turbines. Searching for new product opportunities ICM researchers work to make ethanol production even more profitable for plant owners. One of the ideas were currently researching involves dry fractionation of the corn kernel prior to fermentation to add value by creating co-products beyond carbon dioxide and distillers grains.
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The Vander Griend brothers built the first licensed fuel-alcohol still, and Congress passed a subsidy to encourage ethanol industry development.

Forming partnerships with other industries Were always exploring ways we can work with leaders in other industries. For instance, weve added ethanol production capacity to existing power plants, grainprocessing facilities, and even a food production company. Developing an ethanol process for other feedstocks The ICM R&D team is working to develop a process for feedstocks other than corn as well as a cellulose solution. Just as with our existing plants, future ICM designs will be guaranteed in writing.
ICMs Research & Development team, including Technical Director Scott Kohl, Ph.D., is hard at work on several fronts. Were focused on optimizing our existing process as well as developing processes for other feedstocks, including cellulose, Scott explained. With this team, Im confident well get there. And when we do, well be able to guarantee it because well have real, scalable data from our pilot and production facility in St. Joe. 1987 1988 1988 1995
Dave Vander Griend founded ICM. Dave Vander Griend founded ICM with 20 employees (including his brother Dennis) and a goal to engineer and build the industrys safest and most efficient distillers grain dryers. ICM also offered commodity marketing services dealing in ethanol and distillers grains. At that time, only 44 of the 74 ethanol plants that had survived the crash of the 1980s remained.

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Chrysler was the first automaker to warrant the use of E10.

The ethanol industry needed one voice, and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was formed to fill that need.

The Appropriate Community Technology Fair (ACT79) was held in Washington, DC, and Dennis Vander Griend was among the exhibitors.

Denver mandated ethanol use, while MTBE remained the oxygenate of choice in other markets. For more of the story, visit icminc .com .

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) was formed to support production and use of clean fuels.

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) was founded to bring together a wide range of groups in support of ethanol.

Frank Agbogbo, Ph.D., principal scientist, studied chemical engineering and specialized in cellulosic technology at Texas A&M. The opportunity to apply my knowledge at various levels of scale laboratory, pilot plant, and full-scale plants is what attracted me to ICM, Frank said. Plus, I love the idea that I work for an organization where people are the number one priority.

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The U.S. Government stepped in to encourage ethanol use while the EPA mandated further oxygenate use.

U.S. automakers began mass production of flex-fuel vehicles. For more of the story, visit icminc .com . ICM shipped distillers grain dryer No. 1. ICM partnered with Phoenix Bio-Systems to design and build Bio-Methanators. The ethanol subsidy was extended through 2007 while plant sizes gradually increased. ICM completed its first plant expansion project at Diversified Energy Co. (DENCO) in Morris, MN.

Groundwater contamination prompted states to pass legislation banning or limiting MTBE.

Employing 68 people, ICM officially split into two companies, focusing on engineering and marketing.

ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING

Promising to deliver on our written guarantees


At ICM, Inc., we work to understand our customers needs then make it our mission to deliver guaranteed results. Thats why we offer turnkey solutions based on a full-service, best-value engineering approach. Our licensed professional engineers custom design our plants to fit each sites specific needs then see our customers through fabrication, installation, construction, training, startup, and testing. In addition to our high level of experience, service, and dedication, ICM-engineered plants have several advantages. ENGINEERING Less piping ICM-engineered plants use less pipe, reducing the risk of bacterial contamination, making pipes easier to access, and lowering costs. Easy cleaning and less downtime ICMs design takes advantage of batch processing, which allows plant operators to clean pipes and tanks after each batch and reduces the risk of bacterial contamination. As a result, loss of production due to an infection is less likely. The configuration of the distillation and evaporation systems promotes long run times between planned shutdowns, delivering the best bottom line possible. Low energy requirement ICMs proprietary evaporation/distillation process aggressively integrates available energy, making our plants economically efficient as well as operationally reliable so they require less maintenance and deliver more days of operation. User-friendly design Nothing is more frustrating than a high-tech gadget thats impossible to operate. Our team took this into consideration when they designed our easy-to-use DCS applications and control panels. 24-hour plant support Along with unparalleled service during plant construction and startup, ICM is committed to keeping its plants up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers a 24-Hour Emergency Hotline.
Jenny Forbes, lab manager at Husker Ag Processing in Plainview, NE, reports that their 4-year-old, 20 MGY ICM plant runs better than anybody thought it would. We run around 27 million gallons consistently, according to Jenny. And thanks to the way our plant is engineered, were able to clean very efficiently, which limits downtime because it controls infection.

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Fagen and ICM joined forces to build plants in three states, each covered by ICMs written guarantee. Leading ethanol-plant builder, Fagen, Inc., collaborated with ICM to build three 40 MGY ethanol plants. Completion of the biorefineries in 2002 cemented the companies developing relationship. In fact, they were built under the same work dynamic the team still uses on their joint projectsICM designs efficient processes and durable equipment while Fagen offers its multi-disciplined experience to provide site engineering and construction. With both companies playing to their strengths, the Fagen/ICM alliance provides the ethanol industry efficiently designed plants and state-of-the-art quality construction. All Fagen/ICM facilities are covered by the best performance and energy guarantees in the industry.

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ICM finished construction of U.S. Energy Partners, its first greenfield plant.

Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) production increased while more than 3 million FFVs were in use across the U.S. ICM engineered, built, and installed its firstgeneration Thermal Oxidizer in response to the Clean Air Act Enforcement Initiative. Industry growth necessitated the first of many expansions at ICM headquarters. For more of the story, visit icminc .com .

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Construction was completed ten weeks ahead of schedule at Big River Resources, a Fagen/ICM project in West Burlington, IA. Originally a 40 MGY plant, it has since undergone an expansion to 52 MGY.

ICM Guarantees
For every bushel of U .S . #2 Yellow Dent corn, ICMengineered plants produce at least 2 .8 gallons of denatured ethanol (5%) . Total natural gas usage of 30,000 Btu per gallon of denatured ethanol, including DDGS drying . Electrical usage of 0 .75 kilowatt-hours per gallon of

KAAPA Ethanol, LLC, a 40 MGY plant in Minden, NE, delivers about 38 semi loads of wet distillers grains to local cattle feedlots daily. The plant features ICMs design, conveyor system, and an ICM/Phoenix Bio-Methanator. Less than a month after startup, KAAPA was running at 105% of their nameplate.

denatured ethanol . Emissions will be in compliance with regulations during construction as well as after startup, based on the regulations in place at the time of permitting .

To view our most current projects, please visit our Project Portfolio at icminc.com.

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ICM travel needs spurred the creation of a separate travel department. ICM held its first Managers Meeting. For more of the story, visit icminc .com . Ethanol leaders united with Paul Dana to promote ethanol through racing. Dave Vander Griend received the industrys Distinguished Service Award.

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Focused on the worldwide success of ethanol, ICMs Business Development Department began to focus internationally and also facilitated Kansas second E85 pump.

ICM spun off its Marketing Division, and United Bio Energy was formed. MTBE was banned in 18 states.

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MANUFACTURING

MANUFACTURING

Engineering, building, and installing the industrys most widely used equipment
Covered by a one-year parts and labor warranty, ICMs equipment is popular throughout the biofuels industry. Gas-Fired Rotary Dryers ICM Gas-Fired Rotary Dryers produce the consistent golden dried distillers grains demanded by livestock markets. Other features include: Hot-air recovery system with actuated dampers to control throughput Solid steel trunnion wheels for dry, flake-graphite-lubricated drum rotation Refractory lining in all high-temperature areas to retain heat Conveyors and gearboxes designed to withstand extreme surge capacities Heavy steel belt guards for easy inspection and replacement State-of-the-art instrumentation for real-time readings of system temperatures, pressures, and product moisture Automation capabilities to control system pressures and product temperature Complete Burner Management Control System and other safety features Proven startup and ongoing training and support Steam-Tube Dryers ICM Steam-Tube Dryers are the smart choice for plants that have access to waste steam, including those equipped with coal combustors as well as those co-located next to facilities that generate excess steam, such as power plants. Eliminating the need for natural gas affords long-term cost savings, and our Steam-Tube Dryers offer other benefits as well: Increased internal surface area allows dryers to operate at lower temperatures and speeds, reducing maintenance needs Full DDGS drying capability without an open flame Gentler processing results in a premium product Reduced airflow carries less product into the dryer exhaust Thermal Oxidizers Considered the industrys best available control technology (BACT), ICM Thermal Oxidizers deliver the greatest reduction in dryer atmospheric emissions and odor control available. In fact, ICM Thermal Oxidizers reduce emissions by more than 99%.

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To save customers money and frustration, ICM introduced a predictive maintenance program. VeraSun Energy in Aurora, SD, was the nations first greenfield 100 MGY dry-mill facility. ICM established an insurance risk management plan in conjunction with a safety program. ICM manufactured its 50th Gas-Fired Rotary Dryer. ICM Process Engineer Dennis Vander Griend received the bi-annual Award of Excellence. For more of the story, visit icminc .com . ICM opened a state-of-the-art research facility in Colwich, KS. ICM redesigned its Thermal Oxidizer to improve heat retention and then modified it again to reduce its footprint.

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Allowing ICMs design to offer zero process water discharge, the ICM/Phoenix Bio-Methanator removes contaminants from the water and converts them into methane gas, which can be used as a supplemental fuel source.

Classified as the Best Available Control Technology in the ethanol industry, Thermal Oxidizers manufactured by ICM set the bar for emissions control, reducing emissions by more than 99%. Heavy-duty construction and reliable performance backed by a one-year parts and labor warranty have made ICM the supplier of choice for biorefineries with capacities ranging from 20 MGY, like the Husker Ag Processing plant in Plainview, NE, to those producing more than 110 MGY.

Bio-Methanators Known throughout the industry for their superior resource recovery and cost reduction, ICM/Phoenix Bio-Methanators remove contaminants from process water and convert them into methane gas. The treated water is recycled through the ethanol production process, saving the plant money by reducing water costs. In addition, the resulting methane gas can be captured and routed to the ICM dryer burner system, or another low-pressure combustion chamber, as a supplemental fuel source, reducing the plants energy costs by tens of thousands of dollars per year. Theyre even skid-mounted to ensure both a small footprint and easy installation. Slurry Blenders Along with durable construction and minimal required maintenance, product uniformity is one of the key benefits of an ICM Slurry Blender. The stainless-steel mixer ensures a consistently blended product, maximizing enzyme efficiency to help squeeze out every possible drop of ethanol. Just like every piece of ICM equipment, our Slurry Blenders are covered by a one-year parts and labor warranty. And to keep our equipment running, we even stock a complete line of spare parts, backed by our customer service team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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ICMs new look was designed to reflect the image perceived by its customers.

ICM encouraged employees to adopt healthy priorities and was named one of Wichitas Best Places to Work.

ICM, Fagen, and Broin Companies came together to create the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC).

President George W. Bush mentioned ethanol in his State of the Union address, increasing public awareness. For more of the story, visit icminc .com .

ICMs Environmental Affairs Team released Ethanol Environmental Compliance Software and Site Security Plan.

ICM topped its own record with the completion of a 110 MGY biorefinery in Fort Dodge, IA.

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BUILDING

BUILDING

Trusted to build the biofuels industrys best ethanol plants


As a design/build firm, ICM engineers, builds, and guarantees efficient, reliable ethanol plants that have become the industry standard. In cases where someone else builds the plant weve engineered, we work with a select group of topnotch construction firms that have been hand picked to deliver on our promises. Fast and reliable Time is money, especially when it comes to getting ethanol plants up and running. ICMs construction crews are known for being dedicated workers who get in and out as quickly as possible and never settle for just OK. Start to finish When were done building, we stay on site for eight weeks while we start up the plant, complete a performance run, and make sure our energy and production guarantees are met. After we leave, our Plant Services and Support team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And when we discover a better way, we make it available to our existing plants. BUILDING

Dan Sanders, Jr., general manager at Front Range Energy, LLC, in Windsor, CO, says they chose ICM based on reputation, how fast they could put the project together, and the banks comfort level with the ICM design. From the time they poured concrete, it took just eight months to build our 40-million-gallon plant. We were amazed at how efficient they were. It was like a beehive around here. They had 150 to 200 people on site every day, and they were really well managed. In fact, if we were to do another plant, wed request the same crew, according to Dan. But its not just the quantity of the work, its the quality. Our plant started up without a hiccup and met its guarantees in just nine and a half days. Its still running great. In fact, we consistently run well over nameplate with ease.

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ICM introduced a maintenance program/accounting interface for plants.

ICM built its 100th Gas-Fired Rotary Dryer and began manufacturing Steam-Tube Dryers.

ICM process technology was featured in two out of three of the ethanol plants under construction in North America. For more of the story, visit icminc .com .

Construction was completed on ICMs first international project.

IndyCars switched from methanol to 10% ethanol.

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ICM introduced a 24 hour, 7 day a week Emergency Hotline. Filling up with E85 became a little easier as the number of E85 retailers increased. For more of the story, visit icminc .com . ICM broke ground on a multi-million-dollar research lab and pilot plant in St. Joseph, MO, and expanded its Colwich research facilities. Edenspace and ICM signed a cooperative development agreement for cellulosic ethanol. An increase in steel costs didnt affect the price of ICM Thermal Oxidizers due to production efficiencies.

To accommodate its employees, ICM completed construction on its new south building and opened an office in Colorado.

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ICMs Plant Services & Support team stands ready to assist customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because every hour a plant is down amounts to thousands of dollars in lost revenue, weve backed our team with a fleet of planes and trucks as well as an extensive spare parts inventory so were able to respond quickly.

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SUPPORTING

Seeing plants through development, supporting them long term


From operating questions to equipment needs, emergency help to plant expansions, ICMs seasoned Plant Services & Support team is committed to keeping plants up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whatever it takes.

Training operators as well as getting plants up and running


Engineering and building the biofuels industrys most efficient ethanol plants is only part of what it takes to succeed. The plants also need good people with solid training. Thats why ICM offers an initial six-week operator training program prior to startup. To keep veteran employees up to date as well as help prepare new employees, we also offer recurring training at the plants. When its time to start the plant, our seasoned startup crew is on hand for eight weeks to ensure everything goes smoothly and nameplate is met as quickly as possible. In fact, we wont leave the site until all of our guarantees are met. Joe Kreutzer, plant manager at Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC, in Phillipsburg, KS, was impressed by the nine-month construction window on their 40 MGY plant. ICM plants are the most reliable, and theyre built the quickest. Plus, I like the way they work with us, like a partnership. From plant development to construction, startup to continuing operations, were taking advantage of everything ICM has to offer. In fact, Joe pointed out, You dont have to know anything about running an ethanol plant to get your plant going. I didnt when I got started.

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ICM introduced its Plant Services and Support team. ICM introduced a Hazardous Waste Characterization Tool with the capabilities to integrate with its Ethanol Environmental Compliance Software. For more of the story, visit icminc .com . ICM formed an Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and named People as its top priority.

ICMs Safety Program was recognized as a top-five finalist in an international safety competition. Governor Kathleen Sebelius presented ICM with the Governors Award of Excellence. At racetracks around the world, IndyCars demonstrated the performance capabilities of 100% ethanol at 220 mph. ICM manufactured its 200th Dryer as 100 MGY plants became the norm.

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E N V I R O N M E N TA L A F FA I R S

Securing permits, plans, and approvals while helping to maintain compliance


With permitting experience in more than 35 states and eight countries, the Environmental Affairs team works to assist plants with environmental compliance obligations to avoid potential penalties as well as help secure most of their environmental permitting needs. To save ethanol plants time, frustration, and even possible penalties, ICM has also developed a library of tools. Ethanol Environmental Compliance System Software (ECS) In an easy-to-use Microsoft Excel format, ICMs Ethanol ECS Software tracks monitoring and reporting requirements, keeps facilities in line with their permits, and records 12-month rolling averages. It will also help facilities avoid non-compliance-related issues and exposure to costly penalties. Used throughout the ethanol industry, our Ethanol ECS Software is the only environmental management system developed for the ethanol industry and has been reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Hazardous Waste Characterization Tool Ethanol facilities are required to classify and characterize their waste in the U.S. Keeping records of hazardous waste generation, storage, and disposal is easy with our Hazardous Waste Characterization Software. Preclassifying more than 50 basic wastes, this tool can even be integrated with our Ethanol ECS Software. Site Security Plan U.S. ethanol facilities are required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to have a Site Security Plan in place before they begin operation to define safety and security measures related to the transportation of hazardous materials. To help facilities comply with this regulation, ICMs Environmental Affairs team developed a DOTapproved Site Security Plan template that can be adapted to meet any plants unique requirements. Our staff will even help customize it. New Tools Our Environmental Affairs team is always working on unique and innovative ways to better serve the industry. Please visit icminc.com for our latest offering of environmental compliance tools.

ICMs easy-to-use environmental compliance tools take the guesswork out of paperwork.

Available Fall 2007 Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) Kit Complete with barcode labeling and reading, ICMs Leak Detection & Repair (LDAR) Kit will make it easy for plants to complete VOC monitoring and reporting obligations while pinpointing needed repairs as required by specific regulations.
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Dusty Turner, vice president of marketing for Conestoga Energy, says, Its a good feeling to know theres somebody out there who has a handle on what we need for permitting. Were under construction and already using the Environmental Compliance System, which is very user friendly. And, were starting to use our Site Security Plan and the Hazardous Waste Characterization Software. The ICM tools have allowed us to be proactive when it comes to environmental compliance issues. The way theyre structured, if you maintain them, you dont have to worry. Youre environmentally sound.

2007 and Beyond


Ethanol production, FFVs, E85 fuel availability, and ICM are growing exponentially. The growth trend in the industry has been mirrored by the increase in FFVs on the roadmore than 6 million in 2007with 9 million projected by 2009. In March 2007, ICMs process technology was responsible for a little more than 2 BGY of the countrys total 5.8 BGY capacity, while the company employed more than 600 people with projections to hit 750 by the end of 2007.

Energy use is decreasing while yield per bushel climbs. In 1975, it took 50,000 Btu to make a gallon of ethanol. In 2007, ICM guaranteed its process to use less than 32,000 Btu. And, yields were up as well. Were now squeezing out 2.8 gallons of denatured ethanol per bushel of #2 Yellow Dent corn, compared to the industry average of 2 gallons in 1987.

E10 became the official ethanol-enriched fuel of the American Le Mans Series. For more of the story, visit icminc .com .

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P L A N T A S S E T P R E S E R VAT I O N

Preserving plant assets to improve efficiencies and minimize downtime


Proactively managing plant maintenance needs has been shown to impact plant efficiency and productivity as well as lower operating costs and sometimes even insurance premiums. Facilities using ICMs maintenance systems and services have reported: Increased productivity Inventory savings Additional production capacity Reduced material and contractor costs Cost avoidance To help maintain ICM-engineered ethanol plants, we offer a variety of support services: Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) ICM Computerized Maintenance Management Software makes it easy to track and schedule maintenance as well as manage spare parts. Functions include: Work requests and orders Preventive maintenance Inventory control Maintenance purchasing Service contract management Work planning and scheduling Project management Failure analysis Reporting ICMs team will install Mapcon, a comprehensive CMMS package specifically designed for the biofuels industry and train those wholl
2007 and Beyond
ICM is building its smallest greenfield plant to date in Scandia, KS. Yes, that does say smallest. Co-locating an ethanol plant next to a feedlot results in a symbiotic relationship, so ICM sized its 10 MGY plants to maximize those benefits. A feedlot can mix distillers grains, higher in protein and oils than corn, with cattle rations to produce nutritious feed. And because its just next door, theres no costly transportation fee. The proximity also means it can be fed wet, eliminating the need for dryers and reducing the plants energy bill by 1/3 while lowering capital costs. ICMs 10 MGY plants also have the capability to capture methane released from cattle manure to help power the boilers. ICMs vision to sustain agriculture through innovation is coming true. In a world where three-year averages of corn prices had been between $2.36 and $2.89 since 1979, farmers were delighted when the increased demand generated by the ethanol industry drove corn past $4 in 2007. Higher crop prices increase farm revenues today, and theyll sustain a thriving agricultural economy for generations to come. Incentives, mandates, and bans contribute to industry growth. Along with the MTBE bans passed by 25 states and under consideration by an additional five in March 2007, 12 states were considering mandating the use of renewable fuels and four had already passed such mandates. Further encouraging the use of ethanol, 17 states had some type of ethanol-production incentives, and 12 had retail-pump incentives.

be using the system. Well also support the software with phone and remote desktop assistance as well as audit the system with our proven, 50-question format. Bar coding, PDAs, accounting interfaces, and custom programming are also available. Predictive maintenance Using the latest technology, ICMs staff can identify and help address issues before they affect productivity. Services, many of which were developed in response to customer requests, include: Vibration analysis for rotating equipment Infrared heat-detection imaging Ultrasonic wall-thickness measurement of tanks, vessels, and piping Ultrasonic compressed air, vacuum, and steam leak detection Spare parts The best way to keep plants up and running is to replace worn parts before they can cause problems. ICM is developing a spare parts program to help make that job easy. Distributed Control System (DCS) support Controlling 95 percent of the plants function from a central location, the computer system, known as the DCS, is critical. In support of the DCS featured in ICM-engineered plants, we offer a service contract that includes: On-site computer system maintenance twice a year Round-the-clock customer support Spare parts

The maintenance team at Little Sioux Corn Processors in Marcus, IA, depends on ICMs Computerized Maintenance Management Software to help them stay on top of their plants needs by producing scheduled work orders with complete job descriptions. We havent lost a bearing in almost two years, explained Maintenance Manager Russell Konwinski (far right). So, its saved us downtime.

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SHUTDOWN & SUPPORT

Standing ready to support shutdowns


Kurt Dillon, maintenance supervisor at LincolnLand Agri Energy, LLC, in Robinson, IL, says theres a lot to be gained from having ICMs shutdown crew on site. Minutes are money in this business. My last shutdown, ICM came in beforehand then brought in 24 guys for the actual shutdown, Kurt explained. They tore it apart, briefed me on what was found and what we needed to do, and had an expeditor on site working the phones. It was worth it to bring them in because they do it all the time and have the right tools.

ICM supports its technology and equipment with a long-term commitment to our customers including shutdown services plantwide. Planned conveniently around scheduled shutdowns, ICMs 1000-point Energy Center Inspection provides a thorough equipment analysis covering the entire energy center. Our experienced staff will check everything from dryers to conveyors, weld seams to clamps, belts to valves. We work directly with the plant to repair high-priority issues on the same shutdown as well as provide a detailed report of recommendations for future corrective action. Our inspectors, backed by a full spare parts inventory and ICMs unmatched field resources, have the capability to correct most issues during the scheduled shutdown, preventing what could turn into an unplanned shutdown.

Jeff Bruck, plant manager at Amaizing Energy in Denison, IA, reports that the bank wouldnt buy into anybody else. Theyre the industry standard and the banks realize that, according to Jeff. Aside from that, a lot of us didnt come from ethanol. Thats where ICMs greatest strength is. Theyve been there to deal with situations that are unfamiliar to us. People like John Huffman, who has 20 years experience in ethanol, are just a phone call away.

Helping however we can


Once a plant is up and running, ICMs staff is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Well help diagnose issues, provide drawings, even engineer and build modifications and expansions.

2007 and Beyond


Cellulosic ethanol is critical to weaning the worlds dependency on oil. While grain ethanol has the potential to enrich and extend the worlds gasoline supply, to truly break our oil habit, more capacity than is feasible from grain is needed. Part of the answer is to focus on biomass. Already conducting cellulosic ethanol fermentation trials in their lab, ICMs scientists are working tirelessly toward efficient large-scale production. At the same time, theyre upholding the companys commitment to sustain agriculturecellulosic ethanol technology will allow farmers to grow crops suited to their farmland rather than demanding corn from land thats not ideal for its growth.

For generations, U .S . leaders and innovators have anticipated the day our world would be powered by renewable fuels . Thanks to their unrelenting spirit, ethanol is no longer the fuel of the future . Its time is now .

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PROMOTING

PROMOTING

Promoting ethanols benefits to consumers and government officials


We believe that the most effective way to increase ethanol use is to grow consumer demand for the high-performance biofuel. So, ICM has taken a very active role in the promotion of ethanol and worked with government officials to gain support. Ethanol Promotion & Information Council In January 2005, ICM President & CEO Dave Vander Griend joined forces with other industry leaders to start the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC). EPIC works to brand ethanol at the pump and help consumers understand that ethanolenriched fuel is good for their cars, good for the environment, and good for the country. And once they understand, they buy. To learn more about ethanols benefits, please visit drivingethanol.org. Indy Racing League Studies have shown that the biggest concern consumers have about ethanol is how it performs in their engine. So, what better way to show the world that ethanol is a high-performance fuel than to showcase itat 220 mphduring the most widely attended sporting event of all time, the Indy 500? Thanks in part to the efforts of late IndyCar driver Paul Dana, EPIC sponsored the Series switch to 100% ethanol in 2007, preceded by a shift to 10% in 2006. Along with supporting EPICs efforts, ICM is also a major sponsor of Team Ethanols No. 17 IndyCar, driven by Jeff Simmons. To learn more, please visit indycar.com. Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, and more When it comes to taking the ethanol message to the government, ICM is actively involved. We strongly support the efforts of the Renewable Fuels Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol, and the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, to name a few. A comprehensive list of trade organizations can be found on our website, icminc.com.
Tearing around the racetrack at speeds greater than 220 mph, Team Ethanol driver Jeff Simmons and the No. 17 IndyCar are sponsored by ICM. Simmons, whose ride is powered by 100% ethanol, works to spread the message that ethanols performance benefits are as advantageous to the millions of cars on the road today as they are to his multi-million-dollar racecar. Its an honor to represent ethanol, according to Jeff. Its good for the environment, the country, and our cars. Plus, its great to race on. Acknowledging the superior performance benefits of ethanol, Rahal Letterman Racing team owner Bobby Rahal even joked that he wished only his teams could use it.

PROMOTING

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In Memory
It is with great respect and deep sadness that ICM, Inc., honors the memory of two young men who shared a passion for racing, especially for racing with ethanol. Champions of ethanol and friends to the ethanol industry, racecar drivers Paul Dana and Steve King each saw the benefit of racing with clean, renewable ethanol, and both of these men shared their message with everyone who would listen. Their friendship and contributions to our industry will not be forgotten.

Paul Dana
IndyCar Driver #17

Steve King
Sprint Car Driver #88

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