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Veteran Bloom to Head ADM’s Industrial Chemicals Business

12/05/2010
Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) has named Paul Bloom, Ph.D., as business director, Industrial Chemicals. In this role, Bloom will be responsible for developing and commercializing renewable chemicals, and for managing the commercial activities of ADM’s industrial chemicals business.

“With increased global interest in environmental improvement, we see growing opportunity to expand our portfolio of renewable chemicals,” said Mark Bemis, president, Corn. “In recent years, Paul has played a pivotal role in developing ADM’s renewable chemicals commercialization strategy; his experience and expertise make him the ideal choice to advance this strategy.”

Bloom joined ADM in 2001 and most recently served as director, Chemical Technology Strategy. In this role, he has been instrumental in developing innovative technology for producing renewable chemicals, including a commercial line of industrial chemicals that includes propylene glycol, isosorbide, glycerin and other products.

Bloom holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Illinois State University and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Iowa State University. 

ADM has more than 100 years of experience producing industrial chemicals. The first product offered for sale by the Daniels Linseed Company in 1902 was linseed oil, which is still used in industrial applications such as paints and varnishes.

Today, ADM’s Industrial Chemicals group produces polymers, solvents and starches for industrial and consumer applications such as paints, plastics, household cleaners and pharmaceutical excipients. The company’s line of Evolution Chemicals™, launched by the Industrial Chemicals group in 2009, includes biobased industrial ingredients such as isosorbide, glycerin and industrial ethanol.

ADM is constructing a facility in Decatur, Ill., to produce propylene and ethylene glycol from biobased renewable sources. The facility is expected to be fully operational by spring 2011.

 

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