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President’s Message

It is coming up on two years since our last IBA conference in St. Pete’s, FL and the Board has been working and planning for the 36th bi-annual conference.  The conference this year will be held on November 18th – 20th in Charleston, SC. In case you have not been to Charleston, it is “known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and hospitable people. It has received numerous accolades, including “America’s Most Friendly [City]” and “the most polite and hospitable city in America” according to references in Wikipedia.  It will serve as a perfect backdrop for our next conference.

We are developing the agenda now, but expect to follow the same general format as previous conferences.  The meeting will begin with a vender’s night where several solids processing equipment representatives will be available to talk about their companies, their capabilities, and to talk about specific areas that are of interest to the participants.  I have always found this evening to be very informative and it is nice to be able to network and spend time with folks in an informal setting.  Yes, there will be adult beverages available, too.

Following the vender’s night, we expect to be able to present on the order of 16 papers of general interest across several industries related to agglomeration, drying and the like.  To that end, if you are interested in presenting a paper, please contact our director, Bob Hinkle, or any of the Board Members listed on the IBA Web site.

Speaking of Board Members, it is with mixed feelings that I must share that we have had three board members retire or leave the board: Darrell Taulbee, Mike White and Rick Steele. All three of these long time members have made invaluable contributions to this organization over many years of service.  I would like to personally thank each of them and wish them well in the years to come.  We do have a slate of new Board Members who will be announced at the next conference.  All attending members will be voted on this slate at the conclusion of the conference.  If anyone is interested in serving on the Board, please contact Bob Hinkle or any of the current Board Members.  We would be happy to talk to you about this opportunity.

So start making your plans, think about presenting a paper (or two if you are really ambitious), and bring your questions, knowledge and enthusiasm to be a part of the 2019 IBA Conference.


Best regards,

Don Swatling

IBA President