In 1975 Ron was promoted to maintenance manager and in 1981 assumed the boiler plant manager position. In 1986 he began managing production units including both the Furfural and Furfuryl Alcohol operations.
He retired in 2000 after having served as the Manufacturing Superintendant with responsibilities for all operations and support functions.
After retiring, he was retained as a maintenance management consultant and interim maintenance manager for Penn Specialty Chemical's Memphis, Tennessee plant from 2000 - 2001.
Since May 2002, Ron has been an associate consultant to DalinYebo subsidiary International Furan Technology (Pty) Ltd, in South Africa, assisting with plant and digester design related to the novel SupraYield and furfural by-products technology.
Ron maintains his Stationary Engineer's license for the operation of high pressure boilers for the city of Omaha, Nebraska and has held a Professional Engineer's license for the State of Nebraska.
Project responsibilities, assignments and experience have included stoker fired boiler operations, chemical production management, ISO 9000 systems, Process Safety Management procedures, employee safety, health and environmental regulatory issues, and corn cob/corn stover collection development. Ron served as the corporate year 2000 Y2K Project Manager. He independently developed a successful and profitable waste boiler ash sales arrangement, which significantly reduced landfill costs.
Specialties: Over 27 years of operations management of a Furfural and Furfuryl Alcohol plant. Maintenance techniques/procedures. Maintenance management. Re-design and optimisation of the rotary digester internal components. Safety, health and environmental issues. Optimisation of process yields. ISO-9002 systems.