Mining Repair Specialists
Mining Repair Specialists is a privately-owned company in southern West Virginia that has leveraged RCBI as a “testing and training” laboratory to help with the company’s expansion – including the addition of advanced manufacturing equipment and services. Based in Holden, the company has 34 employees.
The 40-plus-year-old company provides metal fabrication and repair services. It is completing a two-year expansion project designed not only to increase its repair capabilities and facilities but also to position the company to diversify into new business opportunities. Mining Repair Specialists has a long history of providing repair services to underground mining equipment, and now it is moving to provide custom metal fabrication for other businesses as well.
“We have been working to be the lead repair and manufacturing facility in the state,” said George Lukacs, Mining Repair’s General Manager. “Now, with our expansion, we are moving to compete in industrial markets and possibly government contract work.”
As part of Mining Repair’s expansion, the company recently completed work on a new building and now has 40,000-square-feet of shop space. Mining Repair also has spent more than $4 million to buy more advanced manufacturing equipment, including a Faro arm portable measurement system, CNC boring mills, lathes, a plasma cutting center, robotic welders and a 3D printer.
Since the expansion started the company has hired four additional employees. “We are hoping to hire others depending on the success of getting new contracts.”
RCBI has been an important part of the company’s expansion efforts. “We went to RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Charleston to look at the equipment there, test it and then get our employees trained,” Lukacs said. “RCBI was critical to our evaluating new advanced manufacturing equipment, training our employees and helping us learn new software tools such as SolidWorks, Mastercam, etc.”
Since the expansion, Lukacs said several customers have been impressed with Mining Repair’s new equipment and skills. He noted with pride that “word has gotten out and companies have come to us about possible new contracts.” Lukacs added that the company is in talks with businesses outside the coal industry and anticipates landing new work in the near future.
He also pointed out that the company’s decision two years ago to expand and diversify was a smart one since the coal industry is experiencing a downturn.
For more information about Mining Repair Specialists, contact George Lukacs at 304.239.3710.