Category Archives: News

Drax Group Project Description: Leola, Arkansas

In May, Drax Group announced its intention to build three satellite pellet plants in Arkansas. What began as a relatively small project for us eventually turned into an opportunity to provide a complete material-handling system to one of the world’s largest pellet manufacturers. Drax chose our drag-chain conveyors for the transfer portion of the plant […]

Biomass Engineering & Equipment Adds CFO

INDIANAPOLIS—Jeff Niewedde of Columbus, Ind. has joined Biomass Engineering & Equipment as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining BE&E full time, Niewedde served as the company’s interim CFO and served in similar roles with two prior companies in streamlining processes and process improvements for both field and overhead operations. Niewedde holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting […]

Drax Biomass Chooses BE&E for Bulk Material Handling

INDIANAPOLIS—Drax Group plc has chosen Biomass Engineering & Equipment to supply material handling, layout engineering, and mechanical installation for its three recently announced pellet plants in Arkansas. Systems BE&E will manufacture for the projects include bulk receiving bins, disc screeners, SMART Conveyors™, SMART Containers and covered pellet load-out stations. Also included in BE&E’s scope is […]

Biomass Engineering & Equipment Invests in Engineering, Production

INDIANAPOLIS — Biomass Engineering & Equipment has added two, full-time design engineers and a chief production manager at its Indiana headquarters to accommodate the demand for its products. The hires follow the addition of a full-time materials control supervisor in 2020 and the creation of a manufacturing engineer role in Q2 2021. New team members […]

Biomass Engineering & Equipment Expands Sales Team in Northwest

INDIANAPOLIS — Biomass Engineering & Equipment is pleased to announce the addition of Cory Frashefski, who will represent the company as its Sales Engineer and Project Manager in the Northwestern United States. Frashefski, based in Spokane, Wash. joins Dane Floyd (president and CEO, Ind.), Tim Brown (Ind.), Jonathan Wokatsch (Wis.), Kirk Oden (N.C.), Paul Kalil […]

Tax Credits Now Applied to Residential Biomass Heat

Biomass Energy Gets Recognition in Law 2020 provided plenty to complain about, but it ended with some good news for the biomass industry. The December COVID-19 relief act (aka the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021) adds biomass thermal heating systems to the renewable energy systems eligible for receiving tax credits. It also extends those credits […]

BE&E Adds Two Team Members

Biomass Engineering & Equipment is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Jonathan Wokatsch and Mr. Kirk Oden. Jonathan and Kirk bring with them decades of experience and proven excellence in industrial management. Jonathan Wokatsch comes to us with 24 years’ experience in wood manufacturing industries including veneer, plywood, hardwood floors, and converting. With a […]

Technical Bulletin Issue I: SMART Conveyor TorqLOCs

An advantage of the TorqLOC® system we use on our conveyors is that it can slip when the conveyor instantly stops due to an obstruction. By slipping slightly, the lock prevents damage a split keyway would otherwise inflict on the shaft, damage which would require the shaft’s replacement. PLEASE NOTE the slip has released the tension in […]

Pallet Recycler Finds Success with Advanced SMART Conveyor™

As the president of Challenger Pallet & Supply, Inc. Tad Hegsted needed a system to transport waste from his company’s pallet grinder to a loading bin at his new plant in Idaho Falls, Idaho.[1] For this, he planned on purchasing a pneumatic blower with associated airlocks and cyclones. But when he learned the system required […]

SMART Conveyors™ Available at a Lower Initial Price!

INDIANAPOLIS—Biomass Engineering & Equipment announced Aug. 26 that it will lower the price of its innovative SMART Conveyors™ due to increased sales and changes in how it produces the machines. BE&E president Dane Floyd said, “While most manufacturers are raising prices while demand is up, we decided to lower ours. We’re able to do this […]