Crown Iron WorksAs a trusted advisor to the world’s leading multinational oilseed, animal feed and alternative energy processing companies serving more than 3,000 customers per year for systems, equipment and aftermarket support, few companies have the depth of experience in oilseed and biodiesel process design, customized engineering and construction as Crown Iron Works. The global Minnesota-based firm has built 50 biodiesel plants around the world. Like any good engineering company, Crown continues to refine its biodiesel process technology, evidenced by the advent of its recent process upgrade: Advanced Catalyst Reduction and Economization.“This innovation came from two fronts,” says Kris Knudson, Crown’s vice president of global sales and marketing. “With Crown being primarily an engineering company, one core value is continuous improvement. That’s part of an engineer’s DNA—optimizing ways to run plants, achieving lowest operating costs and highest efficiencies. Secondly, we work with our customers to identify and meet their needs.” Biodiesel markets are competitive, and operating costs are “a big deal,” Knudson says, adding that one of the biggest costs for consumables in b...