Mining workers headed to Chile

Several area companies will be heading south to participate in Expomin 2014 April 21-25 in Santiago, Chile.

Expomin is the largest mining show held in Latin America with more than 1,400 exhibitors and more than 80,000 visitors expected, said Tina Taylor, international trade manager for Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, which is partnering with the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission and the state to organize a Pennsylvania pavilion at the event.

Curry Supply, Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped and New Pig Corp. are among the local companies participating in the Pennsylvania booth. McLanahan Corp. of Hollidaysburg will have its own booth at the show.

Curry Supply, a leading manufacturer and dealer of commercial service vehicles, is returning to Expomin after participating in the event in 2008.

“The mining market in central and South America remains strong. Because of that stability and growth, we recognize a demand for high-quality commercial service vehicles used in those industries. Since Curry Supply is close to ports, delivery to those international markets is convenient for customers,” said Tom Catalano, director of marketing.

Expomin has been good to Curry Supply.

“It has been a successful show for us, allowing us to acquire excellent international leads and contacts. Over the past five years, Curry Supply sales derived from international business has grown considerably,” Catalano said. “We expect our international sales to continue to grow as we become even more well-known in those regions of the world.”

Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped, which manufactures a variety of products including hooks and hangers used in the mining industry, has participated in the event three times.

“We have been selling products in Chile for about 20 years. The main industry in Chile is the copper mining industry. We go to increase exports and create more jobs here at home. We ship to about 20 foreign countries around the world,” said Allen Smith, general manager of the Ebensburg Division.

New Pig Corp. is participating in Expomin for the first time.

“We have significant presence in the international mining industry with our unique line of absorbent and containment products. Expomin is an opportunity for us to expand our presence in the mining industry in Latin America. We look forward to meeting with existing distribution partners and uncovering new opportunities for expansion,” said Clark Stapelfeld, international division vice president.

Johanna Seminario, an international account manager for New Pig will be attending the exposition and conducting meetings with distribution partners while in Chile, Stapelfeld said.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.