Ensign-Bickford Renewable Energies Affiliate Announces Name Change

Realignment of Corporate Identity to Reflect Strategic Repositioning of Company

RICHMOND, Va.--()--Ensign-Bickford Renewable Energies, Inc. (EBRE) today announced that its wood pellet production and supply affiliate has changed its name and logo identity from WoodFuels Virginia, LLC to Biomass Energy, LLC (Biomass Energy), effective immediately.

Scott Deakin, Chief Development and Operations Officer of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Biomass Energy said, “Ensign-Bickford and our renewable energies team are very excited about the introduction of our new company name and identity as we further position the business for a marked period of renewal and growth in the coming months.”

Purchased by EBRE in 2009, Biomass Energy is Virginia’s largest wood chip and pellet production operation. Under Ensign-Bickford’s ownership the company has transformed from its legacy roots as solely a wood chipping facility serving local markets to what is now a purpose-built, world-class pellet production operation supplying to customers in myriad markets in the United States and Europe. Biomass Energy’s Bumpass, Virginia facility includes on-site wood chipping and pellet production capability as well as an advanced logistics infrastructure designed to accommodate the bulk and bagged shipping requirements of its customers via both truck and rail.

“While we will continue to focus on the institutional and home heating, specialty and pulp & paper customers that have been so critical to establishing leadership in this industry, we’ve demonstrated that we have the quality and unique operating capability required to serve the stringent expectations of the rapidly-growing international energy markets as well,” said, Jake Blondin, Biomass Energy’s General Manager. “Biomass Energy’s disciplined focus on quality, safety, environmental stewardship, and customer service has positioned us well for this exciting new chapter in our growth story.”

About Biomass Energy

Biomass Energy's mission is to dramatically reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the conversion from heating oil and other non-renewable fuels to a locally sourced, sustainably harvested, and economical source of thermal energy in the form of premium wood pellets. Biomass Energy’s customers include hospitals, colleges and schools, manufacturing facilities, commercial properties, and municipal, state, and institutional facilities. Biomass Energy also offers heat energy pellets as bagged product in retail markets, for bulk residential and commercial delivery, and for industrial co-fire applications. Biomass Energy’s bagged heating and specialty product is sold under the Old Dominion and Royal VirginianTM brands, respectively. Biomass Energy, LLC was formerly known as WoodFuels Virginia, LLC. For more information visit: http://www.be-biomassenergy.com.

Biomass Energy, LLC and Ensign-Bickford Renewable Energies, Inc. are subsidiaries of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc (EBI). Celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2011, EBI is a multi-national diversified operating company with leading franchises in the aerospace and defense, food and food safety, specialty chemicals, and renewable energies markets.

Contacts

Biomass Energy
Jacob Blondin, +1 540-872-4300
jblondin@be-biomassenergy.com

Release Summary

Ensign-Bickford Renewable Energies, Inc. today announced that its wood pellet production and supply affiliate has changed its name and logo identify from WoodFuels Virginia, LLC to Biomass Energy, LLC

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Biomass Energy
Jacob Blondin, +1 540-872-4300
jblondin@be-biomassenergy.com