About IEC Thermo - The Mission

IEC Thermo's mission is best described with this picture.  We responsibly bring commercial scale sensibilities and capabilites to a market traditionally bound to small scale laboratories.



About IEC Thermo - The People

IEC was formed by a number of industry leaders looking for new and better ways to apply technology for developing industries. We represent the culmination of over 50 years of experience as applied by some of the world’s leading companies in process equipment design. 


Our President and Chief Engineer, Walter Hawkins, has over thirty years of experience in the industrial drying field.  He started with a large multi-national company where he worked on some of the largest dryer projects in the world, mostly for the mining and mineral processing industries. From there he went on to a mid-size company and designed drying systems across a wide variety of applications from agriculture to waste reclamation to power generation. Several years ago he founded IEC in order to provide the market with a smaller, more economical dryer that is custom built to each client's exact needs. 

Walt earned his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University.

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Daniel (Dan) R. Collins has served as Operations and Production Manager for Innovative Environmental Companies since February 2015.  Prior to his time with IEC, Dan was a Detective for twenty-nine years with the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Police Department.  For ten of those years he was head of the local police union and handled labor contract negotiations and other labor/management issues.  

From on-site management of construction and installation of equipment to creation and management of product specification sheets, manuals and documentation, Dan works with customers to deliver the highest level of quality and results.

Dan earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin - Madison


Brett Schnepf has served as IEC's Business Development manager and Partner since 2017.  Brett brings more than 25 years of experience spanning many disciplines and business fields from cutting edge market research, Xbox's founding and launch team, working with companies in Washington State after i502 became law, legalizing recreational marijuana.

Brett integrates resource management, technology acquisition, sales and PR/marketing to provide clear solutions for critical tactical and strategic areas important for Hemp Farmers and Processors.

Brett earned his Bachelor's degree in Finance and Market Research from Iowa State University.

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Matthew Clark has joined the IEC team as Compliance Consultant.  Bringing more than 25 years of experience with the past five years encompassing all aspects of Washington state’s legal cannabis market Matthew easily navigates the complexity of regulations related to cannabis production.  From retail to large scale cannabis production he provides “how-to” implementation plans, trainings, and processes to ensure compliance and productivity as you work on organizing, administering, and staffing you cannabis operations. 

Prior to the cannabis industry, Matthew was a small business owner, code compliance officer, and safety coordinator for the municipality of Aztec, NM.  His background and experience in the public sector will provide clear, actionable solutions for famers and processors staffing and organizational needs. 

Matthew studied U.S. History at Montana State University. Matthew also operates Think Happy Consulting, a firm focused on staffing, compliance and safety for the cannabis and hemp industry.

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