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Fostering growth from within - the Emerging Leader Award

Congratulations are in order for Hydro-Thermal Corporation's senior project manager James Ober, who is one of the 2019 recipients of the Emerging Leader award from the Waukesha County Business Alliance. This award is aimed at recognizing tomorrow's leaders from Waukesha County that are helping foster future growth while positively impacting their environment. 

In addition to receiving this award, Ober recently completed the 9-month long 'Leadership Waukesha' program. This program focuses on the enhancement of leadership skills and how to implement these into their current roles and careers, with the eventual goal of becoming future leaders in the community and continuing the flow of inspiration and effective workflows to future generations.

These business professionals either must work or reside in the greater Waukesha County area, which helps keep them close to the program during its longevity.

Ober has been with Hydro-Thermal since April of 2017 as a senior project manager. His leadership skills have been on full display even before making this change, which is a testament to why he is deserving of this award.

Having Ober not only be in the program but become a recipient for the Emerging Leader award is a testament to his impact on the work culture at Hydro-Thermal. From streamlining workflow processes to working with management to refocus the mid-level management team, the company has immensely benefited from the dedication and clarity that he has provided.

Outside of Hydro-Thermal, Ober lends his time to helping kids on the ice, leading the Milwaukee Blaze Hockey program as their high school head coach and their vice president of on-ice operations. He has also helped provide low-income children with a chance to play hockey through various fundraising opportunities.

Recipient of the 2014 Top 10 Business of the Year Award from the Waukesha County Business Alliance, which demonstrates good business, exceptional financial growth and commitment to educational and workforce developments and relationships, Hydro-Thermal Corporation has consistently displayed strong ties to Waukesha County through constant involvement in the growth and development of the economy, while growing their Waukesha business for years to come.

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    Hydro-Thermal Corporation, the original Direct Steam Injection (DSI) solution, will be exhibiting at booth #4615 for the 2019 Process Expo from October 8 -11, located at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Featuring our EZ Heater, Non-Obstructing Heater and Infuze skidded systems, attendees can visit our booth to see how our state-of-the-art products can help optimize and improve their processing operations, as well as talk to our industry experts.

    Our EZ Heater, capable of being installed as a standalone heater or as the core part of a skid, is the industry leader in all hot water applications. With its unique internal modulation and self-cleaning ability, this heater is ideal for wash stations, CIP (Clean-in-Place) systems and any other instances when hot water is required.

    Available in five standard sizes, the EZ Skid is able to handle up to 1,350 GPM all while utilizing the EZ Heater. This pre-engineered solution seamlessly connects into any plant’s utilities, making for an easy-to-setup solution for all processing needs.

    The Non-Obstructing Heater, or NOH, incorporates a straight-tube design that allows unrestricted flow while preventing both a pressure drop and any plugging or fouling. Designed to handle thick, viscous slurries, the NOH is able to handle industrial or food & beverage applications with ease.

    Low pressure drop with unrestricted flow and a large range of operation, the NOH can also handle abrasive materials, such as sand or grit, as well as large particulate/fibrous materials, like diced vegetables.

    One of the newest innovations for the food industry, the Infuze Sanitary Cooking Skid provides on-demand heating for soups and sauces, as well as beverages that require heating to achieve finished recipe results, pasteurization or blended emulsification.

    Able to be fully integrated into your current food & beverage processes, the Infuze skid provides significant energy savings with a thorough control of recipes to help increase output while optimizing your processing conditions.

    Dating back to 1934, Hydro-Thermal Corporation has produced proven DSI technology that is able to increase production while eliminating downtime in a multitude of plants and operations across the world. From Food & Beverage to Industrial, and from Ethanol, Starch & Sweeteners to all other applications in-between, HTC has the expertise and solutions to address any processing issues.


  • Hydro-Thermal's Speaking Opportunities Highlight the 2019 FEW Conference

    Hydro-Thermal Corporation (HTC) will have two speaking opportunities at the 2019 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW), June 10-12 in Indianapolis. Two members of our Ethanol team, Bob Fesser and Jim Fraser, will be speaking about the importance of beer column and corn oil optimization. 


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    Senior Sales Team Manager Jim Fraser will be presenting, "New Solutions at the Beer Column to Capture Increased Revenue Opportunities," which takes a deep dive into improving beer column processing results while maintaining an optimized facility. Focusing on increased revenue opportunities is key for any facility, and it can be efficiently maintained through effective mash temperature control with Hydro-Thermal solutions.

    Starting in February 2018, Hydro-Thermal entered into a business partnership with a U.S.-based ethanol producer revolving around testing new equipment to improve the ethanol production process.

    Currently there are three HTC installations in the producer's Midwest plant, one of which includes a beer column heater that incorporates our Solaris system, strategically installed after the beer mash exchanger (but before the beer column) to maximize heater benefits. 

    This installation in their plant has helped address processing issues while providing them with a total annual increase in revenue by over $6 million. In addition, the producer now possesses the flexibility to control the gallons of ethanol being produced based on market conditions.

    "New Solutions at the Beer Column to Capture Increased Revenue Opportunities" will be presented at the Ethanol Plant construction and Project Summit on Monday, June 10, from 3:30 - 4:00 pm in Room 105.

    Corn Oil

    Bob Fesser, an Ethanol, Starch & Sweeteners Industry Sales Manager, will be presenting, "Good for Today, Great for Tomorrow: Plant Optimization for Higher Yields and Greater Outputs with Industry Margin Stability." This presentation demonstrates the importance of adding equipment that will show yield and process improvements today but will see even greater benefits when ethanol margins increase.

    Through the increase of corn oil production, entire facility savings and benefits can be reaped, specifically by using a non-shear heating system to help generate additional revenue for dry grind ethanol facilities. This system uses added temperature as an emulsifier to help reduce or eliminate emulsion breaker chemicals while maintaining - or even increasing - production.

    "Good for Today, Great for Tomorrow: Plant Optimization for Higher Yields and Greater Outputs with Industry Margin Stability" will be presented in Room 122 at FEW on Tuesday, June 11, from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in conjunction with Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification.


    As a company, being selected for two seperate speaking opportunities is a testament to Hydro-Thermal's dedication and constant commitment to innovation. Hydro-Thermal feels that educating others on new technologies is important in helping our customers achieve their processing objectives and improve their production processes.

    Since 1934, Hydro-Thermal Corporation has been an industry leader in direct steam injection processing solutions. From pulp & paper to food, industrial to ethanol, starch and sweetener, Hydro-Thermal is the solution your plant needs to help optimize output and facility conditions while increasing revenue.

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Hydro-Thermal is the global leader in the development and manufacturing of Hydroheaters. Through our vast global channel partners, we support hydro heating in six continents and all industrialized areas. We create heating systems for a variety of industries including: pulp, paper, chemical, ethanol, food & beverage, metal, & more!

Hydro-Thermal Waukesha

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Waukesha, WI 53188 USA
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