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MAR 2019

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March 2019 43 suppliers news continued mediate technological needs. But by the end of the 1920s, courses of study included mining, civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, as well as chemistry, metallurgy, math- ematics, physics and geology. Missouri S&Ts extensive mining engineering facilities include the Ex- perimental Mine and Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center. The Experimental Mine supports teach- ing and research initiatives in mine ventilation, rock mechanics, drilling and blasting, explosives engineering, mineral processing, and surface and underground mining methods. The Peterson family's relationship with mining dates back to the 1960s, when Edwin H. Peterson led Martin Engineering's entry into the mining industry, where the company would go on to become one of the world's premier innovators in bulk materi- al handling equipment and safety. He has been a driving force for more than 60 years and remains so today as chairman. The firm includes a num- ber of fourth-generation family mem- bers, such as Edwin's son Rand, who works in sales and service, reporting to Barry Brown's son, Doug. The Brown family has even deep- er roots in the mining industry. "My great-grandfather got his start in mining when he was just a teenager," recalled Doug. "He was eventually promoted to Mine Manager when he was just in his 30s." Barry Brown spent more than 20 years at Martin Engineering, retiring as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In fact, a young Edwin Peterson reported to Barry in the early years, before the two partnered in a new venture they called Dust Control Technology, which has evolved into BossTek. The compa- ny's sole focus in its first decade was large-scale dust suppression for min- ing, demolition and other industries. Both Martin Engineering and Boss- Tek remain family-owned and -operat- ed, and it's not uncommon for second- or third-generation employees to build their careers alongside the Petersons. Doug smiled when he recalled being just 8-10 years old and visiting Edwin's family with his father. "Edwin's Mom used to bake us cakes for our birth- days," he recalled. "It was a family af- fair back then, and it still is, even after more than 70 years in business." BossTek is a global leader in solu- tions for dust suppression, odor con- trol and crowd cooling, serving a wide range of applications. The compa- ny's high-quality, industrial strength equipment carries a no-excuses guar- antee of customer satisfaction. September 11, 12, 13, 2019 Brushfork Armory-Civic Center Bluefield, West Virginia Sponsored by: 619 Bland Street • Bluefield, WV 24701 t 304.327.7184 • f 304.325.3085 © Barry Brown influences multiple generations in the mining industry: from left – Rand Peterson, Edwin Peterson, Doug Brown.

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