Deister Machine Co. is well known throughout the industry for designing and building rugged, dependable and cost-effective vibrating equipment. Countless manufacturers consider their employees and customers as one big family, but not many live up to those expectations like Deister Machine Co. The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based manufacturer of vibratory screening and feeding equipment has been in operation for almost 100 years, and Vice President of Engineering Dale Loshe credits retention of key employees through a pleasant work environment.
As Bruening Rock Products’ explosive home page exhorts viewers, “Rock – Don’t Build Without It!” Midwestern contractors have been following the company’s exhortation and obtaining its rock from the company’s 115 quarries in northeast Iowa, north central Missouri and southeast Minnesota for 79 years. “Our main office is located in the beautiful hills of northeast Iowa in Decorah, Iowa,” Secretary/Treasurer Keith Bruening notes. “From driveways to major highway projects, we supply all of our customers’ aggregate needs. That’s our core business.”
Texas is famous for doing things in a big way. So are Bechtel Corp. and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Put them all together and you have the makings of an historic construction project. In Port Arthur, Texas, near the site of the famous Spindletop discovery where the U.S. oil boom began early in the 20th century, Bechtel and Jacobs have teamed to expand the venerable Port Arthur refinery for Motiva Enterprises LLC, a 50/50 joint venture of Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining Inc.
The knowledge and experience of Aurcana Corp.’s management team and board of directors have enabled the Vancouver-based junior mining company to accelerate its growth and strengthen its industry status as it transitions from explorer to producer on the Shafter silver mine in Presidio County, Texas.
When miners talk about getting back to the grass roots, they mean it literally. However, in the arid regions of Chile – the largest copper-producing country – grass roots are hard to find. “I know mostly Chile and Peru, and from what I see, people are starting to now go after grass roots properties,” Director and CFO Stephanie Ashton reports.
Tulsa, Okla.-based oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) firm Zenergy Inc. – formerly Zinke and Trumbo Inc. – has been successful throughout its three decades due to its market adaptability, President Bob Zinke says. Zinke and then-partner David Trumbo met at Hawkins Oil and Gas, and decided to branch out on their own and establish Zinke and Trumbo in 1980 when they saw the need for a quality prospect-generation shop with a strategic focus on the mid-continental region of the United States, Zinke recalls. He changed the company’s name to Zenergy after Trumbo retired in early 2005.
Although the nations that comprise the region of West Africa are more than friendly to the mining industry, this gold-rich region offers a unique set of challenges. But Volta Resources Inc., with its experienced management team with decades of tenure guiding a knowledgeable local work force, has a leg up on its peers. “It is important to understand West Africa has its own unique opportunities and issues,” CFO Alan Rootenberg says. “Something that fortunately we’ve been able to do is find very qualified people in the region.
Imagine putting a battery-like device in a concrete vault in the ground that could provide electricity to thousands of homes for five to eight years before being replaced. That is the vision of Richard Spencer, president and CEO of U3O8 Corp., for one of the uses of uranium in emerging mini-nuclear reactor technology to meet the growing global demand for electricity.