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by Teresa Acklin
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Cimbria acquires German oilseed facility design and equipment company

   THISTED, DENMARK — Cimbria A/S has acquired SKET Olsaatenechnik, a Magdeburg, Germany, company that designs and equips plants for the processing of edible oils. The acquisition price was not disclosed.

   Lars Bo Makwarth, director of the Cimbria Group, said the acquisition placed the company in an important strategic position.

   “We are convinced that the high quality of SKET's oil presses and the good links to the East European market will provide strong backing for our concept,” he said.

   SKET, which was a large machine factory in former East Germany, has a staff of 19 engineers who design plants worldwide. The company also manufactures its own equipment.

   Cimbria manufactures machinery and complete plants for grain and seed storage, cleaning and treatment and has an annual turnover of between 300 million and 400 million Danish Kroner (U.S.$45 million to U.S.$60 million).

U.S.D.A. approves new meter for measuring moisture in grain

   WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration has selected the Grain Analysis Computer Model 2100 as the new official moisture meter for its national inspection systems.

   The G.A.C. Model 2100, manufactured by Dickey-john Corp., Auburn, Illinois, U.S., will replace the Motomco Model 919. Use of the new instrument for official measurement of grain, oilseeds and processed commodities will be phased in over a period of at least two years.

   Both the Motomco 919 and the G.A.C. 2100 are calibrated to the U.S.D.A. air oven method, so the average change in moisture results between the instruments should be quite small, U.S.D.A. officials said.

   The new meter is expected to enhance the speed and ease of operation to hold down inspection costs and increase confidence in results by minimizing operator interaction in the measurement process. The unit allows electronic transmission of results and automated operation, improves reliability and automatically notifies the operator of potential performance problems.

Ocrim issues clarification

   CREMONA, ITALY — In the August and September 1997 issues of World Grain, Ocrim S.p.A., Cremona, Italy, published an advertisement related to its certification to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard. Ocrim has issued a clarification of that advertisement.

   The advertisement should have said that Ocrim was the first company in its field in Italy to obtain the ISO designation. An Ocrim typing error led to the omission, the company said.

InterSystems names chief financial officer

   OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — InterSystems, Inc., a manufacturer of bulk material handling for the grain and grain processing industries, has named Thomas G. Humlicek as chief financial officer.

   Mr. Humlicek, who has an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota, U.S., has extensive experience in both corporate and manufacturing environments.

The GSI Group Inc. announces personnel appointments

   ASSUMPTION, ILLINOIS, U.S. — The GSI Group Inc. recently announced a number of key personnel appointments for several of its divisions.

   In the Grain Systems division, Burl Shuler has been named vice-president of GSI storage and equipment. Mr. Shuler's responsibilities include managing sales efforts and working with district sales managers on special quotations and projects for all GSI farm and commercial tanks and related accessories.

   Don Nicol has been appointed vice-president of GSI drying systems for the Grain Systems division. Mr. Nicol is responsible for sales and marketing of the portable dryer line, Top Dry systems, the fan and heater line, spreaders and transitions to U.S. and Canadian dealers and distributors.

   Doug Church has been named commercial director for the GSI International division. Mr. Church's responsibilities include major project analysis, contract negotiations, support for various directors and managers and special assignments as directed by David Vettel, president. Mr. Church was international project manager for GSI International.

   Susan Rich has been appointed as sales coordinator for East Asia. Ms. Rich is responsible for customer correspondence, quote and order preparations, communication with the engineering department for specialized projects, coordinating shipping schedules, arranging factory or job site visits, trade show travel and sales presentations.