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National Mining Hall of Fame Names 2019 Inductees

Mining News - Published on Thu, 06 Jun 2019

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum announced the class of 2019 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s inductees, selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors, represent exceptional financial acumen in assembling several operations which formed the basis of a successful American mining company; conception and development of equipment which contributed to improved efficiency and mine safety; and unrelenting advocacy for the US mining industry and its workers. These individuals, selected for being determined, forward-thinking innovators, doers, and leaders have propelled the industry toward vastly improved safety and social responsibility. The Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award, named for renowned mining artist Gary Prazen, will also be presented at the ceremony. This award recognizes an individual or organization for significant and sustained commitment to educating the public about the relationship of mining to our everyday lives through educational materials, programming, and outreach.

2019 National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees:

Mr Frank Calandra, Jr has devoted over 50 years to the mining industry; he is an icon in ground control technology for the mining, tunneling, and civil construction industries. From the ground up, his passion, sweat equity, and shrewd business acumen have grown Frank Calandra Inc and Jennmar from a single plant in Pennsylvania to a world-class enterprise with 25 plants employing thousands globally. As evidenced by Calandra’s 20+ patents on ground control devices not to mention the additional 80 patents his companies hold, his innovation and commitment to safety have made underground mining safer and more efficient. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Calandra was instrumental in upgrading ASTM standards in roof control for both state and federal regulations. Through his work with industry associations such as the National Mining Association, National Coal Council, and Center for Energy and Economic Development, among others, Calandra has contributed his time, expertise, and financial support to ensure a balanced political and regulatory climate for mining. Calandra is an inductee of the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame.

Mr Robert E Cannon was a renowned inventor of many products used in the mining industry, the Raise Drill and the Underground Blast Hole Drill being the most notable. In March 1962, while employed by Security as North American Sales Manager, he visited the Homer-Wauseca mine in Northern Michigan. Asked for advice on putting out a fire that had developed in an open stope four levels underground, Cannon came up with the idea of creating a larger raise hole, thus using the dirt from the hole opening to put out the fire. To increase the diameter of the raise, he obtained a large rock bit, known as a hole opener, had the bit welded upside down to a section of drill pipe and reamed the hole larger from a level below. The fire extinguished without any injuries to the workers. A few years later, he invented another drill using down-the-hole hammers as the method of drilling a larger diameter blast hole than a top mounted drifter type of drill. Both types of drills are used in virtually every underground hard rock mine in the world. Not only have both pieces of equipment increased production in the mining industry, but the Raise Drill also eliminated one of the most dangerous jobs in mining, the raise driller, saving countless lives over the years.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 06 Jun 2019
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