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2013
Miner introduces new mobile Field Guide. Includes hatch cover database

Geneva, IL – Miner Enterprises announced today the introduction of its new mobile Field Guide. The new Guide is interactive and is optimized for smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. A static PDF version of the Installation and Inspection Guide is still available online, formatted to print on local desktop printers.

"The new mobile Field Guide takes the guesswork out of adjusting, inspecting, buying and installing railcar components," explained Bill O'Donnell, Miner's executive director of global sales. "We designed it to be easy to use and useful to our customers."

The new Guide includes 10 different field and shop setup height check calculators for constant contact side bearings that are based on the Sum of Pairs method outlined in the AAR Rule 62. The calculators automatically let customers know when a railcar needs adjustment, which position and how much adjustment it needs.

Guide users can also retrieve the latest product identification, installation and inspection updates for draft gears, constant contact side bearings, brake beams, gravity discharge gates and rapid discharge mechanisms.

The new mobile Guide also allows customers to select replacement hatch covers. Users enter whatever information they have, including measurements. They search the hatch cover database and select the parameters they want.

 

2012
New Leaders at Miner Enterprises

From left, Ric Biehl, Kris Jurasek, Charlie Dupin and Bill O'Donnell have a discussion in Miner's manufacturing facility.
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Geneva, IL – Kris Jurasek will retire as president of Miner Enterprises, Inc. on October 26, 2012, following 39 years with the company. During his presidency, Mr. Jurasek has led the company's growth and improvement to its current leadership position in the railroad supply industry. "We appreciate the outstanding job Kris has done through periods of change and challenge," said David Withall, CEO of Miner Enterprises.

  

President and General Manager of Miner Enterprises

Upon Mr. Jurasek's retirement, Richard (Ric) Biehl will move up from Vice President of Sales to assume the position of President and General Manager of the Miner Enterprises. Mr. Biehl started his working career in manufacturing at Miner and progressed to his appointment as V. P. of Sales in 2003. He brings a range of experience to his new position as well as drive and tenacity that make him a valuable asset to Miner. "We are confident that Ric's leadership will build on the foundation Kris has established over the last 12 years," said David Withall.

With Ric Biehl's promotion, sales leadership will be taken up by two current Miner managers.
 
William O'Donnell
William O'Donnell
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Executive Director of Global Sales

William (Bill) O'Donnell will be promoted from Director of International Sales to Executive Director of Global Sales and will report to Ric Biehl. In his new position Mr. O'Donnell will be responsible for all rail product sales, service, and marketing throughout the world. "Bill's wide-ranging engineering background and unique blend of domestic and global sales management experience will strengthen the Miner brand in railroad markets at home and around the world," said Ric Biehl.

 

Director of North American Sales

Charles (Charlie) Dupin will be promoted from Regional Sales Manager to Director of North American Sales and will report to Bill O'Donnell. In his new position Mr. Dupin will be responsible for managing Miner's sales force in North America. "As one of the most experienced and respected railway supply sales managers, Charlie will provide outstanding leadership to our sales people." said Ric Biehl.

 

 

Engineer Joins Miner Enterprises Sales Force

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For more information contact Bill O'Donnell, Executive Director of Global Sales (630-232-3000)

Engineer Joins Miner Enterprises Sales Force

Jonathon MarlowGeneva, IL – Jonathon Marlow joined Miner Enterprises during August in the position of Sales Engineer. Mr. Marlow reports to the Director of North American Sales and will call on accounts in the Midwest and Northeast.

A Purdue University graduate in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Jonathan has more than ten years' experience as a Design and Senior Project Engineer in the railway supply industry. During that time he has augmented his technical talents with an MBA, also from Purdue University. With his depth of experience designing railcar components similar to Miner's, Jonathon brings a unique blend of knowledge and skill to help his customers integrate our products and their needs.

 

2011
11/30/2011 - John Swezey Hired at POWERBRACE CORPORATION

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For more information contact: Richard (Ric) Biehl, Vice-President–Sales (630) 232-3056

John Swezey Hired at POWERBRACE CORPORATION

Geneva, IL – On November 28, 2011, Miner Enterprises, Inc., appointed John P. Swezey as General Manager of Powerbrace Corporation, replacing Mike Weber who is retiring. Headquartered in Kenosha, WI Powerbrace is a wholly owned subsidiary of Miner Enterprises, Inc. Powerbrace is the premier manufacturer of door securement systems products serving the truck-trailer, intermodal, specialty, and truck body markets. In addition, Powerbrace manufactures Miner Discharge Gates and Brake Beams at their Rail Products Division in Saltillo, Mexico.

"We look forward to John's leadership to build on the growth and achievements Powerbrace has enjoyed during Mike Weber's tenure," said Kris Jurasek, President of Miner Enterprises. "John brings a combination of technical, interpersonal skills and executive experience to help us convert our vision into continued accomplishments."

Mr. Swezey's professional career has progressed from Project Engineer at Chamberlain GARD, and then through positions leading to his being named Vice President of Engineering at GATX Corporation and, most recently, to Vice President and Chief Mechanical Officer at CIT Rail. He has led fleet maintenance, new car procurement, supply management, quality assurance, and engineering groups and has had P & L responsibility for a $150 million business operation. In every position Mr. Swezey has taken initiatives to improve operations and profitability through innovation and cost reduction.

6/10/2011 - Eric Graves Promoted at MINER ENTERPRISES

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For more information contact: Richard (Ric) Biehl, Vice-President–Sales (630) 232-3056

Eric Graves Promoted at MINER ENTERPRISES

Eric Graves

Geneva, IL - Eric S. Graves has been promoted from Sales Engineer to Regional Sales Manager for the W. H. Miner Division of Miner Enterprises.

In his new role Mr. Graves will continue to assist customers in the Midwest region to improve railcar design and performance through application of Miner's full range of innovative products that include loading, unloading, energy management, and braking.

"Eric's experience and knowledge of our products and capabilities will continue to help Miner to understand and serve the needs of our customers," said Ric Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales. "With his engineering background Eric will be an especially effective liaison between our customers and our development, engineering, and testing groups."

Mr. Graves joined Miner in 2008 after more than ten years of experience in railcar product related engineering and operational management. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology and an MBA from Purdue University.

Railcar professionals in the Midwest can contact Eric directly at 219-776-9985 to discuss new design and performance ideas

5/17/2011 - Miner's Gates Chosen for CIT Rail Car Conversion Program

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For more information contact: Richard (Ric) Biehl, Vice-President–Sales (630) 232-3056

CIT

Miner's Gates Chosen for CIT Rail Car Conversion Program

Geneva, IL - Miner Enterprises, Inc. has supplied AutoLOK™ II discharge gates to CIT Rail to convert parts of their fleets to new services. "We were able to add value to these programs by engineering innovative and unique products specific to the customer's requirements," said Ric Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales. "Miner has a long history of helping customers get greater utility from their cars."

CIT has converted 353 twin-pocket cement cars for frac sand service. Miner's New Ultra-Low Profile 24x54 AutoLOK II gravity gates are being applied to the cars.

With an installed height of 6.88" and a 960 in2 clear opening, it will provide the required added clearance for maneuvering the unloading sled under the car while allowing controlled unloading from minimum to maximum flows. Even though slim, the gates incorporate all of the durable and high performance AutoLOK II features including door supports, automatic locking & unlocking, full perimeter seals and completely ledge less design.

4/12/2011 - Miner DuraShield™ Passes Norfolk Southern Unrestricted Service Inspection

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For more information contact: Richard (Ric) Biehl, Vice-President–Sales (630) 232-3056

Miner DuraShield™ Passes Norfolk Southern Unrestricted Service Inspection

Geneva, IL – Miner Enterprises, Inc. has been specified for an order for its DuraShield™ trough hatch cover. The covers will be applied to TrinityRail built grain cars as part of a multi-train covered hopper car purchase by Norfolk Southern Railway.

Other proven Miner products have also been specified for all cars in Norfolk Southern's multi-train order at Trinity. These include 30" x 30" AutoLOK™ II gravity gates, Crown SG™ draft gears, and Series 2008 #24 brake beams.

With the introduction of the Miner DuraShield design in 2009 Norfolk Southern applied some test covers to the covered hopper cars they were building at the time. After more than a year and a half of unrestricted service, the covers were inspected by Norfolk Southern and exceeded all from service criteria established by Norfolk Southern.

"We are pleased with the demonstrated performance of our lightweight high endurance hatch cover and appreciate Norfolk Southern's confirmation of its durability," said Ric Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales. "Fleet owner interest in the unique design advantages of the Miner DuraShield covers is growing at a rapid rate."

The DuraShield cover provides a lightweight, high durability, low profile design with a high performance seal that is accomplished by incorporating a patent-pending aluminum and steel boxed frame with a skin of polyethylene and aluminum composite. The covers are lighter than similar aluminum products and more durable than fiberglass ones. They are available in all standard lengths to accommodate most 24" troughs with round or square ends.

 

2/22/2011 - UPDATED Miner Installation and Inspection Guide Now Available Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: Richard (Ric) Biehl, Vice-President–Sales (630) 232-3056

UPDATED Miner Installation and Inspection Guide Now Available Online

Geneva, IL-Miner Enterprises, Inc., has announced the release of an updated version of its Installation and Inspection Guide. The guide will no longer be printed but is available online. A companion poster will still be available. Please contact your Miner sales rep for copies.

The guide is both available in English and Spanish. Version 5.0 contains information related to the installation and inspection on Miner's TecsPak® constant contact side bearings, draft gears and brake beams.
The side bearings portion of the guide includes NEW information on shelf life, lubrication, set up height, field or yard inspection and shop or repair track inspection.

The draft gear section features general descriptions of Miner's gears as well as a procedure for determining the gear's serviceability. The area of the guide relating to brake beams also includes a general description of the beams as well as inspection and strut hand change procedure information.

Download an electronic version of the guide or from the AAR Mechanical Inspection Department (MID.
To get your free wall chart, simply call (630) 232-3000.

 

2010
7/30/2010 - Miner Enterprises Awarded Canadian Patent

Miner Enterprises Awarded Canadian Patent

In conjunction with standing 42 x 42 AutoLOK™ II U.S. patents and Mexico patents, the Canadian Patent Office has recently awarded Miner a patent on their 42 x 42 AutoLOK II outlet gate.

The AutoLOK II is easy to open and close and stays locked. It features Miner’s patented lost-motion mechanism system, which allows the opening force to be applied directly to open the slide door, reducing the risk of gate damage. The AutoLOK II meets all GEAPS and AAR S-233-92 specifications to improve unloading operations in a wide variety of demanding applications.

Because of its enlarged clear opening, the AutoLOK II unloads dried distillers grain (DDG) and dried distillers grain with soluables (DDGS) with ease. Miner also offers a 42 x 52 AutoLOK II to the DDG market.

Miner Enterprises, well known for its engineering and service excellence, is the largest and most experienced gate manufacturer in the world, with over 40 years experience and 750,000 gates in service.

 

6/22/2010 - Miner's SaniLOK™ Gate Preferred For Food Grade Cars
Miner's SaniLOK™ Gate

Miner's SaniLOK™ Gate Preferred For
Food Grade Cars

Geneva, IL -  Miner Enterprises, Inc. SaniLOK™ gates have recently been selected for application to food grade covered hopper cars by American Railcar Leasing, Chicago Freight Car Leasing, and TrinityRail for new and rebuilt cars leased or sold to Cargill, Domino Sugar, Imperial Sugar and Union Pacific.

“Sugar and other food grade commodities must be unloaded under sanitary conditions and we have engineered the SaniLok gate to meet that requirement and simplify the gate operation.” said Ric Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales. “Recently in response to our client’s needs, we modified our plenums to reduce the chance of sugar clogging in the chamber thus allowing for faster and more complete cleanout of cars.”

For the new car applications, Miner’s SaniLOK™ gate was specified as well as their TCC-III constant contact side bearings, TF-880 TecsPak® friction draft gears, and Series 2008 brake beams.

“I’d say that the vast majority of sugar shippers prefer the SaniLOK™ gate system,” said Biehl. “We understand that it is the only sanitary stainless steel gravity-pneumatic gate built with all USDA and FDA approved materials in the flow path of the commodity and has a unique movable vacuum chamber that is easy to clean.”

These orders are a testament to the superior design and reliability of the Miner SaniLOK gates.

 

2009
9/22/2009 - Miner Introduces Composite Trough Hatch Cover
Composite Trough Hatch Cover

MINER Introduces Composite Trough Hatch Cover

Geneva, IL - Miner Enterprises, Inc. announces its new DuraShield™ covered hopper car hatch cover combining a lightweight, high durability, low profile design with a high performance seal.

Long the leader in outlet gate design and manufacture, Miner has developed its new hatch cover to outfit hopper cars from the bottom up. The covers are lighter than similar aluminum products and more durable than fiberglass ones. They are available in all standard lengths to accommodate most 24" troughs with round or square ends.

"We looked at available covers on the market and decided that customers should not have to trade-off qualities such as long life for light weight. In the DuraShield, our engineers have combined the advantages of both fiberglass and aluminum covers while avoiding their drawbacks," said Ric Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales. "And, they've been able to incorporate a superior gasket seal in the bargain."

The DuraShield design incorporates a patent-pending aluminum and steel boxed frame with a composite skin. Extended support straps help hold the cover's shape and afford hinge stiffness in a low profile configuration.

Superior stiffness allows the gasket to be uniformly clamped to the hatch coaming. This develops a seal that exceeds the Association of American Railroads (AAR) requirement by one and a half to two times. An improved adhesive secures the gasket to the cover so that its attachment exceeds the AAR specification by almost three times.

08/04/2009 - Miner Provides Cutting Edge Ballast Systems To Brazil Based Mining Corporation, Vale

Geneva, IL – Miner Enterprises, Inc. has been chosen by Vale, the Brazilian multinational mining corporation to supply AggreGate® ballast discharge systems for their ballast wagons. The state-of-the-art air-powered dual cylinder AggreGate® system was specified for the order, demonstrating Miner’s international reach and reputation for high-quality freight car components around the world.

“The rail industry has truly become global,” said Bill O’Donnell, Miner's Director of International Sales. “Our customers could be in Nebraska or Brazil and their needs are exactly the same: they are looking for total engineering—top to bottom—solutions and products that meet their needs. Since this will be the first car that Amsted Maxion, the Brazilian railcar manufacturer builds with our AggreGate® unloading system we will be sending a technical team on behalf of Miner to Brazil to ensure that these cars meet all of Vale’s expectations.”

The air-powered AggreGate® ballast discharge system on each of Vale’s new cars have the capability, through dual cylinder technology, to independently unload on the inside and outside of the rail using a cutting-edge remote control system. The large door openings allow for faster discharge and the guillotine gate doors open and close immediately at bridges and crossings —shearing through solid rock with the touch of a button. Additionally, the remote control will allow the operator to safely select individual cars and specific gates from a distance for accurate and highly efficient ballasting.

Through innovative componentry like the air-powered AggreGate® system, and globe-trekking, knowledgeable service teams, Miner continues to lead the way in freight car outfitting—providing total engineering solutions meeting the needs of fabricators and customers around the world.

07/14/09 - Miner Opens The Door For BNSF Railways New Ore Car Fleet

Geneva, IL – Miner Enterprises, Inc. has been selected by BNSF Railway to provide Miner Ore Car Mechanisms for 167 new ore cars built by FreightCar America. Additionally Miner will also provide high capacity Crown SE™ draft gears, long-travel constant contact TCC-IV side bearings and Miner Series 2008 brake beams. Miner’s customized mechanical longitudinal four-door mechanism was specified for the new cars due to its historic reliability, low maintenance costs, ease of use and compatibility with the BNSF infrastructure.

“The Miner Ore Car Mechanisms have performed with great success in BNSF ore cars,” said Ric Biehl, Miner’s Vice President of Sales. “The four-door design applied to these 167 new ore cars will allow greater unloading capacity while providing familiar and intuitive operation all along the BNSF line.”

The four longitudinal door design of the new ore cars, with two on each end of the car body, provides a maximum opening for faster, trouble-free unloading. A longitudinal crankshaft allows the four doors to open toward the center for easy, between rail unloading of iron ore. Miner also offers other automated ore car mechanisms.

From lightest weight, highest capacity draft gears to innovative ore car gate systems, Miner’s total engineering solutions represent a top to bottom approach. Recognized for their longevity, low maintenance and lifetime support of its products, Miner’s product line is an essential component of BNSF’s new fleet of ore cars.

6/23/2009 - Miner's SaniLOK™ Gates Sweeten Deal With Imperial Sugar Company

Geneva, IL – Miner Enterprises, Inc. has been selected by TrinityRail and Imperial to provide components for 185 new sugar cars built by TrinityRail. Due to strict food safety guidelines for the transportation of food commodities, Miner’s SaniLOK™ gate system was a critical component in the order.

The SaniLOK™ gate system, built with FDA and USDA approved food grade materials, serves as Imperial’s only system approved for sugar discharge.

“Miner’s SaniLOK™ gravity pneumatic gate system will ensure that Imperial Sugar is able to safely and effectively transport and unload its products in keeping with food industry standards,” said Ric Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales. “And, with Miner’s Series 2008 Brake Beams, these 185 new cars are equipped with the finest array of Miner products guaranteeing long lasting, high quality performance for years to come.”

The gravity-unloading version of the SaniLOK™ gate system is built with the option of gravity or vacuum unloading allowing for seamless discharge through a 27" x 30" clear opening. The gate system will be integrated into TrinityRail’s 5,161 cubic foot covered hopper car optimized for the transportation of agricultural products like sugar and other similar products. The order is yet another reflection of the high-end reliability and comprehensive solutions that Miner provides in the outfitting of freight cars across the country and around the world.

4/3/2009 - Miner Enterprises Releases A New Installation And Inspection Pocket Guide

Geneva, IL-Miner Enterprises, Inc., has announced the release of an updated version of its Installation and Inspection Pocket Guide.

The guide is both available in English and Spanish. Version 4.0 contains information related to the installation and inspection on Miner's TecsPak„ constant contact side bearings, draft gears and brake beams.
The side bearings portion of the guide includes information such as selection guides, set up height, wear indicators as well as new and retrofit installation information.
The draft gear section features general descriptions of Miner's gears as well as a procedure for determining the gear's serviceability. The area of the guide relating to brake beams also includes a general description of the beams as well as inspection and strut hand change procedure information.

Download an electronic version of the guide or to get your free printed version, simply call (630) 232-3000.

2008
 2nd Qtr/2009 - Interview with Ric Biehl, Kris Jurasek for The Pocket List of Railroad Officials
11/21/08 - Canadian National brings Miner onboard for performance lift

Geneva, IL — Miner Enterprises, Inc. has been selected by Canadian National Railway Co. to provide Miner Ore Car Mechanisms for 232 new ore cars built by National Steel Car and upgrade the draft gears on 500 existing ore cars. Miner's customized pneumatic longitudinal door mechanism and Miner TP-17 draft gears were specified for the new cars. The new air-powered Miner Ore Car Mechanisms will automate and enhance the car's unloading capability. The draft gears on the 500 existing cars were also upgraded to new TP-17 gears.

"Canadian National chose Miner for the upgrade because they wanted to maintain reliability while enhancing the performance of their fleet," said Ric Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales. "This ore car mechanism design has been providing reliable service in North America for many years."

The air-powered door mechanism specified delivers a maximum opening along with a smooth-chute design for clog-free discharging. The mechanism has been proven to be very low maintenance for unloading iron ore and similarly coarse load commodities.

The draft gear specified was Miner’s TP-17 model, featuring the company's TecsPak® elastomer shock-absorption technology, along with two new performance upgrades: The housing is now made of cast iron for increased durability, and a threaded retaining rod within the shock absorption system has been replaced with a free-floating bolt for improved functionality, easier servicing and prolonged life.

11/17/08 - Bob Pokorski Joins MINER ENTERPRISES

Geneva, IL - Bob Pokorski has joined Miner Enterprises as Director of Engineering.

As the company's new Director of Engineering, Mr. Pokorski will oversee Miner's continued engineering and R&D mission to apply product and service innovation to customers' railcar business challenges.

"With 14 years of engineering experience, Bob's knowledge of railcar systems design and the railcar supply industry will greatly benefit our customers," said Kris Jurasek, President Miner Enterprises, "We look forward to the leadership Bob will provide as we continue to create new products and services that will increase railcar performance."

Prior to joining Miner, Bob most recently served as Vice President Equipment for TTX Company, overseeing the engineering and maintenance planning departments as well as the entire TTX maintenance operations. His responsibilities included the design, construction, maintenance, modification and performance of nearly 150,000 intermodal, autorack and general purpose cars.

Bob is a member of several professional associations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the Board of Directors of the Railway Supply Institute where Bob will serve as Vice Chairman in 2009; the Advisory Committee to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at West Virginia University; and the Academy of Distinguished Alumni Inductee Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at West Virginia University, where Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Readers are encouraged to contact Mr. Pokorski directly to explore ways in which Miner's engineering and R&D can enhance railcar performance. Please email Bob at bpokorski@minerent.com.

 

11/7/2008 - Eric Graves Joins MINER ENTERPRISES

Geneva, IL – Eric S. Graves has joined Miner Enterprises, Inc. as Sales Engineer for the company's Midwest region.

According to Ric Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales, the recruitment of Mr. Graves has increased the company's ability to consult with customers on improved railcar design and performance while marketing Miner's full range of innovative products, including loading, unloading, energy management, and braking.

"Eric knows the railcar business and combined with our depth in research and engineering, our customers in the Midwest are going to benefit from his ten-plus years of engineering and operations management experience," Biehl said recently. After he completes his training, Miner will be introducing Eric to his key accounts over the next few months.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Graves served as Product Line/Business Development Manager for a major rail supply company and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology and an MBA from Purdue University.

To explore new design and performance ideas with Mr. Graves, railcar professionals in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North and South Dakota, and Utah are encouraged to contact Eric directly at egraves@minerent.com

9/30/2008 - Miner Enhances Brake Beams for 10X Longer Service Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact Richard (Ric) Biehl, Vice President of Sales (630) 232-3056

MINER ENHANCES BRAKE BEAMS FOR 10X LONGER SERVICE LIFE

Geneva, IL–Miner Enterprises, Inc. announces the release of the New Series 2008 Brake Beam, proven to increase service life and decrease maintenance costs.

The New Series 2008 Brake Beam builds upon Miner’s proven bushed design by further preventing strut wear. This enhancement is proven to last 10x longer than non-bushed struts.

The bushings are secured within the strut by way of two new design features: Mechanical stops (patent pending) within the bushed strut holes and splined bushings (patent pending) eliminate lateral bushing movement.

The New Series 2008 Brake Beam also features an interference-free key guide (patent pending) to put an end to brake shoe loss and related unnecessary service downtime. The new design presents an unobstructed path for assured proper key insertion and locking.

 

6/17/2008 - Miner Enterprises Releases A New Installation And Inspection Pocket Guide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact Richard (Ric) Biehl, Vice-President–Sales
(630) 232-3056

Miner Enterprises Releases A New Installation And Inspection Pocket Guide

Geneva, IL–Miner Enterprises, Inc., has announced the release of an updated version of its Installation and Inspection Pocket Guide.

Version 3.0 contains information related to the installation and inspection on Miner’s TecsPak® constant contact side bearings, draft gears and brake beams.

The side bearings portion of the guide includes information such as selection guides, set up height, wear indicators as well as new and retrofit installation information. The draft gear section features general descriptions of Miner’s gears as well as a procedure for determining the gear’s serviceability. The area of the guide relating to brake beams also includes a general description of the beams as well as inspection and strut hand change procedure information.

5/22/2008 - Miner Enterprises Names Bill O'Donnell—Director of International Sales

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact Richard (Ric) Biehl, Vice President of Sales (630) 232-3056

MINER ENTERPRISES NAMES BILL O'DONNELL—DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL SALES

Geneva, IL–Miner Enterprises, Inc., Geneva, Illinois, has announced that Bill O'Donnell has been named Director of International Sales.

In his new position, O'Donnell will be assuming marketing and sales responsibility for some of Miner's key international territories including Russia, India, South America and Australia. O'Donnell will also retain certain North American accounts.

This move was made possible because of the retirement of Mike McGuigan, effective September 30, 2008. McGuigan has held several positions with Miner over the past 31 years, the most recent being Vice President-International Sales.

O'Donnell's promotion was also made possible because of a reorganization in Miner's Sales Department. As such, O'Donnell will be based in Miner's Geneva, Illinois headquarters and will report to Richard (Ric) Biehl, Miner's Vice President of Sales.

"Mike McGuigan served Miner extremely well in various positions for many years. By bringing Miner's brand and products to many new international markets, Mike was instrumental in Miner's growth. However, with the announcement of his retirement, we found it an opportune time to restructure our International Sales department," stated Biehl.

Biehl added, "With Bill O'Donnell being named our new Director of International Sales, in conjunction with our recent organizational changes, Miner has further integrated our sales, marketing, field services and customer service assets in order to more effectively provide resources to serve what has become a growing global market for Miner."

O'Donnell originally joined Miner in 1995, previously serving as Sr. Mechanical Engineer for the side bearing product line, Manager of Technical Services, Engineering Manager in charge of side bearings and international products, and most recently Regional Sales Manager. He holds Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master's in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. O'Donnell resides with his wife and three children in Aurora, Illinois.