Wyo-Ben, Inc. Celebrating Its 50-Year Anniversary
BILLINGS, Mont., May 1,2001Wyo-Ben, Inc. is a closely held Montana Corporation and has been so since it was founded. It has passed into the third generation of the Brown Family, most of whom reside in Billings.
Wyo-Ben is a producer of high quality Wyoming Bentonite products for global use in industries such as oil and gas exploration, water well drilling, horizontal direction drilling, foundry, iron ore pelletizing, waster water treatment, and environmental sealants for landfills, sewage lagoons, and hazardous waste sites.
Anticipating and meeting customers' needs with consistent quality products has been the mainstay of Wyo-Ben and continues to be the focus of the more than 100 employees. The quality of the products is a reflection of the quality of those employees and their efforts. Wyo-Ben has three (3) processing facilities located in the Big Horn Basin area of Wyoming were it mines, processes, then distributes pulverized, granular and semi-crude products around the world.
Founded in 1951 by Rockwood Brown, Sr., Wyo-Ben, Inc. rose to prominence in the 1960's and ‘70's under the guidance his son, Keith Brown. Then the major consumers of this unique clay included the iron ore pelletizing companies in Minnesota and Michigan as well as service companies to oil and gas exploration. Now, a third generation company headed by Rockwood's grandson David S. Brown, Wyo-Ben has diversified its product mix and markets into a vast array of industries with specialized products. Corporate offices have always been located in Billings, Montana and include Administrative functions, Sales and Marketing, Customer Service, Accounting, and a Product Development Laboratory.
Wyo-Ben's performance in mining and safety has been recognized over the years with numerous awards including the “Wildlife Habitat Reclamation and Stewardship Award” from the Wyoming Dept. of Game and Fish, “Excellence in Environmental Performance in Mining Operations” from the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality, and three consecutive years with No Lost-Time Accidents.
New uses for Wyoming bentonite are constantly being discovered and Wyo-Ben's innovative and customer oriented employees realize that flexibility and quick response to opportunities continue to separate them from their competition.