The Pearisburg site was the OEM’s first dedicated production site within its belt terminal group; components were historically produced at different company operations and then assembled as fill-in work for shop capacity.
In addition to having a devoted space for belt systems production, Bucyrus said frequent invitations had been extended for training sessions at the facility. Many customers are also conducting onsite visits to the workshop.
“An added benefit seen by both Bucyrus and its customers is that the belt systems division is now involved in the complete production of terminal groups from start to finish at one harmonised location,” the company noted.
“Continuous improvements have been a part of the culture since day one and many improvements have been made to the operations.”
On May 4, the company marked two years since the merger of its surface manufacturing capabilities with the underground equipment producer DBT. The addition of the underground sector to Bucyrus’s portfolio has increased its installed base to $US27 billion, with revenue climbing by over half a billion dollars since 2007.
"The merging and integration of the mining segments under the common Bucyrus name has progressed very well,” company president Tim Sullivan said earlier this month.
“We still have many things that need to be done and new opportunities are constantly arising, but we can all be proud of how far we have come as a single unified company over the past two years."