Tom Sylvester, plant engineer at Moose River Lumber near Jackman, Maine, needed drag conveyors to feed a new chip storage facility. He wanted to avoid belt conveyors due to the mess they produce and screw conveyors because they require too much maintenance.
At Pleasant River Lumber in Enfield, Maine, Michael Lebrun likewise needed conveyors. These units would transfer waste materials to a screener and a new chip bin, which Michael had installed as part of an expansion project. Michael, the general manager, had fabricated chain conveyors at the mill in the past but was hesitant to do so for this application. He also wanted to avoid belt conveyors for the same reason as Tom.