A.O.M. award winners recognized for service, contributions to milling

by Emily Wilson
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The Association of Operative Millers' highest recognition, the Gold Medal award, was presented posthumously to H.D. (Joe) Hale at the association's 2000 technical conference, held May 7-9 in Kansas City. Mr. Hale, who died last November, helped establish ADM Milling Co. as largest flour milling company in the United States during his reign as president from 1971 to 1989.

The Gold Medal award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the association, was presented to Mr. Hale's wife, Joyce Hale. His sons and daughters also were present at the award ceremony. "This award would have meant so much to him," Mrs. Hale said, "and it means a great deal to us."

Mr. Hale was one of the strongest supporters of the flour milling and cereal grain industries, the A.O.M. said. "He truly believed in the nutritional value of flour. His emphasis was on the baker selling more bakery products and also in the export of value-added flour and food programs."

Also receiving awards from the A.O.M. were Bill Kice, Kice Industries, Inc., Wichita, Kansas, who received the allied trades' Technology Award; Henry H. Stevens, director of technical services for U.S. Wheat Associates, Portland, Oregon, who was given a special award for the advancement of milling technology; and Morton I. Sosland, chairman of Sosland Companies, Inc., Kansas City, and the late William T. (Bill) Washburn of Mill & Elevator Supply Co., Kansas City, who received special service awards.

Mr. Washburn, who died in 1997, was "a dedicated specialist in the flour milling, cereal grain and seed processing industry," A.O.M. said. "He provided service above and beyond the call to the A.O.M., and for that reason we want to recognize him tonight."

Mr. Sosland, who heads Sosland Publishing Co., the publisher of Milling & Baking News and World Grain magazines, was recognized for his years of contribution to and support of the A.O.M. "He obviously delights in instructing us in the affairs of milling," A.O.M. said of Mr. Sosland. "No one has counted the number of papers [he] has written in support of the A.O.M. and what the association stands for in the progress of milling, but they are many, reflecting his fervent belief in the importance of continuing education for millers in North America and every corner of the world."

Mr. Stevens, who was an operative miller and instructor of milling technology before joining U.S. Wheat, was recognized for his development of a software program known as "Mill Tech," a tool that helps operative millers analyze and predict mill performance. "None of this work was done for profit, but rather as what was essentially a personal gift to the milling industry," A.O.M. said.

Mr. Kice, vice-president of sales for Kice Industries, has been involved in the milling and related industries for over 35 years. "His last name is synonymous with quality engineering, machinery and consistently reliable service," A.O.M. said. "When you call him with a need, no matter how great or small, your sense is that regardless of what else he had on his desk at the time, satisfying your circumstance just became his number one priority."