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product news 44 January/February 2019 Bringing down a 60°, 180-ft highwall is just part of the daily workload for a Hita- chi EX2500-6 at Peabody Energy's Raw- hide mine, a thermal coal surface mine located 10 miles north of Gillette, Wyo- ming. "The Hitachi EX2500-6 excavator is used to bring down the highwall in the pit," said Eric Martin, general manager of Rawhide mine. The EX2500-6 is just one of several Hitachi mining excavators in the com- pany's fl eet, which also includes shovels operating at its North Antelope Rochelle mine (NARM), the largest coal mine in the world, and at its Caballo mine. Peabody's Rawhide mine, Caballo mine and NARM are all located in the Powder River Basin (PRB), the largest pro- ducing coal region in Wyoming. These PRB operations have earned more than 25 honors for safety and environmental excellence since 2006. Among those hon- ors, the Rawhide mine earned the Small Surface Operation Safety Award from the Wyoming Mining Association and the Wyoming State Inspector of Mines for the best safety performance in 2013. "Safety is ingrained in our company culture as our leading core value," Martin said. "Employees at Rawhide mine are like family; we look out for each other." The EX2500-6 is helping the operation mine two seams of coal at Rawhide mine — the Smith seam and the Roland seam — which range up to 120 ft in thickness. An on-site processing plant crushes and sizes the coal, which is then loaded on rail cars for distribution. In 2017, the mine sold 10.3 million tons of coal and provided $160 million worth of direct and indirect economic benefi ts. Peabody partnered with local Hitachi dealer Arnold Machinery to acquire the EX2500-6 for the Rawhide mine. "We have a long partnership with Ar- nold Machinery," Martin said. "Operators at the mine appreciate that the 2500 is smooth and the cab is quiet, which is important when working 12-hour shifts," he added. Mining isn't the only activity taking place at the Rawhide mine. Peabody views land restoration as an essential part of the mining process and manages land recla- mation with pride and sustainability. In 2017, the company restored 5,145 acres of coal-mined lands globally. These efforts are visually evident at the Rawhide mine with reclaimed land supporting abundant wildlife and vegetation. "It's important to be good stewards of the land," Martin said. "We work simultane- ously to reclaim coal-mined land as quickly as possible to continue a sustainable cycle." This article first appeared in Hitachi's BREAKOUT magazine, Winter 2018 issue. SynTerra Buys ECSI Offi cials from SynTerra Corp. and ECSI LLC announced they have combined their operations. The two companies offi cial- ly became one science and engineering consulting fi rm operating as SynTerra on Monday, January 28. Characterizing the transaction as a unifi cation of client-focused fi rms, offi - cials of the combined company empha- size the operations are "still the same." They say the expanded company is ide- ally suited to serve clients throughout the eastern United States. SynTerra now has offi ces in Greenville, South Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; Pikeville, Kentucky; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Birming- ham, Alabama. The Lexington, Kentucky, offi ce of Bowser-Morner Inc. also became part of SynTerra in the transaction. "Having more locations, personnel, and service offerings means we can offer our clients broader capabilities and great- er responsiveness," SynTerra President Mark Taylor said. "This is such a natural fi t. From day one, we approached this as Bringing Down the Highwall product news

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