AMR Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PEMCO Corp., a design, engineering, and manufacturer of electrical and power distribution equipment in Bluefield, Virginia. The company specializes in power centers, substations, dry-type transformers, industrial modular buildings, custom power panels and ground check/ground fault protection devices. The acquisition will combine AMR’s global sales network and electronic monitoring, control and communications product lines with PEMCO’s electrical expertise.
“[The PEMCO] team has done an extraordinary job building a reputation for manufacturing extremely high-quality electrical solutions,” said Robert Graf, CEO, AMR. “The combination of the companies’ global and local strengths will allow us to expand our product lines and deliver a more comprehensive experience to our customers.”
“By teaming up with one of the industry’s leading monitoring, control and communications companies, PEMCO will expand its presence and reach a larger audience worldwide,” said Jay Johnson, executive vice president of PEMCO.
The AMR and PEMCO brands will be merged and marketed as AMRPEMCO. It will continue to deliver all existing product lines and services while enhancing its marketing to better position the company for faster domestic and international growth. AMRPEMCO will also use the combined engineering resources to better serve its existing customer base and develop new product and service offerings.
“Custom electrical designs and building solutions will greatly enhance AMR’s sales efforts in multiple markets such as international mining and the U.S. oil and gas industry. In turn, integrating the electronic monitoring, communications and automation controls expertise of AMR’s technical staff will create a new line of technologically advanced power centers for underground and surface mining,” Graf said.
The acquisition is expected to be completed in early November.
Frost & Sullivan Lauds US Tsubaki’s Broad Product Portfolio
Based on its recent analysis of the roller chain market in industrial applications, Frost & Sullivan recognized U.S. Tsubaki with the 2016 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. U.S. Tsubaki, a subsidiary of the Tsubakimoto Chain Co., is enjoying high growth in the North American roller chain market, despite fierce competition from Chinese imports. Its heavy emphasis on research and developmemt enables the company to introduce cutting-edge solutions and quality products that boast longer product lifecycles and better performance.
U.S. Tsubaki stands out on the strength of its outstanding price-performance ratio and domestic manufacturing. The company backs its leading-edge solutions with one of the largest direct sales forces in the United States as well as a highly skilled, U.S.-based engineering team. Its technical team takes into account the rapidly changing market environment while designing products, to make reliable, efficient and long-lasting products. The company has a broad range of engineering class chains, such as roller conveyor, sealed joint, continuous and straight pull miner, drive, welded steel, steel bushed, as well as bar and pin. Its heavy-duty engineered chains run in the harshest conditions, across different industry applications.
“U.S. Tsubaki has a diverse portfolio comprising corrosion-resistant products, lube-free products and products used in extreme temperatures,” said Frost & Sullivan’s research manager, Sivakumar Narayanaswamy. “The company’s strategy of offering the best price-performance ratio allows it to ensure low total cost of ownership, instead of simply reducing the initial purchase price.”
Furthermore, U.S. Tsubaki’s vast inventory makes it easy to deliver products quickly, while tailoring its products to customers’ specific needs. The company owns many U.S. manufacturing plants, enabling a focus on operational efficiency.
U.S. Tsubaki supplies products to different industries and applications, targeting end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that use power transmission components such as chains and sprockets. It equips its customers not only with ready-to-go products, but also with training, technical support, logistics services and product design support. Its sales force directly interacts with customers regularly and collects feedback on products and the company’s performance.
“The company is always looking for acquisition targets and investment opportunities in various areas, from plants to equipment and software, with the goal of improving the productivity and efficiency of its manufacturing processes,” Narayanaswamy said.
Swanson Acquires Australia’s Waratah Engineering
Swanson Industries, a leader in engineered hydraulics, announced the acquisition of Waratah Engineering (formerly known as Kopex Australia) located in Newcastle, New South Wales. “With Waratah’s suite of capital equipment and its experience in remanufacturing longwall roof support systems and mobile equipment, the partnership fulfills another step in our strategy to be a full service supplier to the Australian mining markets,” said Steve Sangalli, president and CEO, Swanson Industries. Waratah complements Swanson’s 2014 Australian additions of Jarvie Engineering and Goninan Platers, both located in Newcastle.
“The combination of industry expertise is such a natural fit that the sharing of resources, practices and knowledge is assured to improve our combined ability to provide Swanson’s international customers with a fully capable alternative to the traditional OEM suppliers,” Sangalli said.
Swanson Industries is headquartered in Morgantown, West Virginia, and operates manufacturing, plating, repair and distribution centers throughout Australia, Chile and the United States.
Waratah Engineering (above) remanufactures longwall equipment in Australia.
Mole-Master Publishes New Silo Inspection Brochure
Mole-Master Services Corp., a leader in the silo and bin cleaning industry, has developed a new four-page brochure summarizing the company’s silo inspection services. The brochure begins by explaining why silo inspections are increasingly important. Many silos were constructed in the 1940s and were built to last, but time and weather take a toll on silo structures. Silo inspections can help detect serious structural integrity issues, preventing needless injuries or deaths.
The brochure then explains how a silo inspection with Mole-Master personnel proceeds, beginning with external observation and moving to internal examination of the silo walls. The back cover showcases the kinds of issues silo inspections can uncover.
“We really hope companies begin to see the importance of silo inspections and preventative maintenance,” said Dave Laing, general manager. “The structural integrity of silos is simply taken for granted, but it’s common for significant degradation to occur, which, if ignored, can lead to easily preventable tragedies.”
Mole-Master’s new brochure highlights the importance of silo inspection.
Monk Mining Supply Becomes Phoenix Conveyor Belt Solutions
Tazewell, Virginia-based distributor of conveyor belt products, Monk Mining Supply Inc., has become Phoenix Conveyor Belt Solutions Inc. “The only thing about our business that changes is the name,” said Ron Gibson, general manager of the former Monk Mining Supply Inc.
For the last eight years, Monk has operated as a subsidiary of Veyance Technologies Inc., a company that was added to Phoenix Conveyor Belt Solutions in 2015. “We will continue to operate as a unit of our supplier and remain just as autonomous in our business as prior to the name change,” Gibson said.
There will be no change in personnel at the Tazewell
“The name change now enables us to speak, write, brand, market and distribute our products with unanimity and consistency,” said Bret Hall, head of Phoenix and NBS Service-NAFTA. “It also helps us more closely align the distributed products under one name. Everything else within the [former Monk] organization will remain the same, from purchase orders to all other financial and business-related activities.”
Xylem Specifies Volvo Penta for Godwin Dewatering Systems
Godwin, a brand of Xylem and global leader in the supply of fully automatic self-priming pumps, has selected Volvo Penta to provide Tier 4 Final diesel PowerPac units that will drive various Godwin pump systems. Specific to mine operations, these dewatering pumps perform the critical task of eliminating water build-up quickly and efficiently to ensure productivity is not impeded. Volvo Penta is supplying the PowerPac units in 8-, 11- and 13-liter packages with power ratings from 214 to 543 hp.
The Volvo Penta PowerPac systems are designed for fast and easy installation by OEMs. They are supplied with factory pre-installed components including all exhaust aftertreatment components, engine cooling system (radiator and charge air cooler), air and fuel filters, guarding and shrouding. The units come with the Volvo Penta Tier 4 Final, selective catalytic reduction (SCR)-based solution that is less complex and extremely efficient in operation.
“We designed the Volvo Penta PowerPac as a compact plug-and-play solution that can easily be integrated into the OEM machines with no custom engineering, significantly decreasing the time of installation and alleviating complexities,” said Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.
Volvo Penta’s Tier 4 Final engines use a proven SCR process with cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), to meet EPA emission standards without the need for periodic regeneration. This means less downtime and lower maintenance costs.
“For our pumping systems, we need engines that we know can stand the wear and tear of industrial jobs in some very difficult environments,” said Mike Ramos, director of engineering for Xylem’s dewatering business.