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OCT 2015

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October 2015 41 ter handling of the sizeable castings needed by GIW's customers. Some produced by GIW can weigh well more than 40,000 lb and are bigger than a cement truck. This expansion will allow GIW to keep up with current market demand and to be able to quickly adapt to support future growth. GIW Industries Inc. was established as a small, family-owned foundry and machine shop in 1891 — known then as Georgia Iron Works. By 1914, the company was supplying slurry pumps to the Florida phosphate industry. Over the years, GIW became known for its severe abrasive handling pumps and began a century of facility expansion and technology growth. In 1996, GIW became a wholly owned subsidiary of KSB, and in 2014, the GIW Minerals brand was established. The newly expanded Grovetown foundry is now the No. 1 white-iron foundry in the world, boasting state-of-the-art equip- ment, highly efficient workflows, top safety features, and signifi- cantly greater capacity for both output and storage of very large slurry pump parts. "There are places around the world that make a high-chrome iron, but not anything like our proprietary alloys. It's these alloys that make GIW products unique and enable us to deliver incredibly long wear life for our products," said Richard Sterzen, manager industrial engineering. Work on the new distribution center is currently under way and is slated to be completed in mid-2016. The building will initially be 59,000 sq.-ft but it was designed with options for increased capabil- ities to allow for future expansion. NLT Acquires ActiveControl Technology Northern Light Technologies (NLT) has acquired the assets of ActiveControl Technology's mining division, namely ActiveMine, ActiveTracker, ActiveVoice and ActiveMesh. Located in Ontario, Canada, ActiveControl developed robust certified IS (intrinsically safe) network and wireless solutions for harsh and demanding mine environments, while offering redundancy, easy mainte- nance, and improved safety and productivity enhancements. "This acquisition allows us to combine the best of both our technologies to bring even more solutions to end users in mining markets around the world," said Heidi Levitt, president and CEO of NLT. With the newly acquired technology, NLT can now offer Gigabit Ethernet speeds, which allow for a multitude of Wi-Fi client devices to run on the network without compromising transmit speed or throughput. These nextgen access points offer the latest in 802.11n technology, providing higher bandwidth and more volume of data to be transferred. Applications requiring high speed, volume data, such as HD video, real-time monitor- ing, Vehicle Monitoring Systems (VMS) and VoIP can now be pro- vided with an additional level of confidence. The new model AM1000 nodes can be configured with up to four radios to allow for increased coverage areas underground and for communica- tion along multiple roadways from a single access point. Ultimately, this will result in major cost savings for mines. s u p p l i e r s n e w s c o n t i n u e d p: 502.499.6198 f: 502.499.1079 2402 Watterson Tr, Louisville, Kentucky 40299 Filter Presses Belt Filter Presses GIW hosts a grand opening for its news foundry (left). To the right, from the left: Tamara Lopez (executive assistant), Robert Visintainer (VP engineering); Enrico Handrick (VP finance); Gary Holley (director HR); Dennis Ziegler (president and CEO); Charlie Stone (VP sales and marketing); and Thomas Mueller (VP operations).

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