CMI & HCL expand to meet the needs of the Saskatchewan potash industry

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt Continental Mine & Industrial Supply Ltd. (CMI) we collaborate to define and provide innovative solutions. What this really means is that CMI has a unique process to leverage on over 100 years of experience in all aspects of the mining industry, from underground production and maintenance to surface processing to major projects and expansions. Using the wisdom we have gained throughout the years allows us to ensure all of the right questions are asked at the start of a project to ensure that the right problem, scope or needs are defined. Once this has been done correctly it is then quite easy to provide the right solution by providing the equipment that is tailored to meet our customers’ requirements. CMI delivers this by partnering with our sister company Howatt Consulting Ltd. (HCL), which is a full-service engineering firm specializing in equipment design, small project execution, and project close-out in our customers’ maintenance systems. This allows us to tailor our OEM products to meet our customers’ specific project requirements. CMI also partners with other likeminded OEM’s such as Arva Industries, Dux Machinery, Timberland Equipment, and Magnum Slurry where we utilize our processes to collaborate between the customers and the design engineers. All of these OEM’s also specialize in tailoring their product to meet the specific needs of each customer. The combination of CMI’s OEM and distributed equipment allow us to deliver solutions from the mining face to product storage.

This has allowed CMI to have a significant quantity of our OEM conveyor systems and equipment throughout the mining industry in Saskatchewan. Due to our methodologies and aftermarket service, we also have some of the largest mobile equipment fleets in service with well over 100 pieces of underground mobile equipment put into service within the last five to 10 years.

24-2CMI & HCL have recently moved into a larger facility to allow us to continue growing to meet our customers’ needs. Additional space is allowing CMI to continue to increase value to our customers by strategically increasing inventory for items like slurry pump parts, conveyor idlers, and crane and scaler parts. It also allows modular construction for conveyor galleries, pumping stations, compressor stations or any other modular strategies to be added to our project capabilities. We are presently developing our service side of the business. This will allow us to refurbish, repower and overhaul the equipment that we have supplied over the past 25 years since CMI was established.

The present downturn in the mining industry has put more focus on ensuring that the overall best value is being obtained at all times. Value is defined as the lowest lifecycle cost which includes a balance of capital cost, maintenance cost, reliability/availability, and overall service. CMI’s processes and philosophies are a perfect fit to achieve this requirement for our customers. Our innovation is helping reduce operating costs by expanding automation in the mining process, reducing clean-up costs by developing dust collection and handling systems, and improving overall safety by providing the right equipment, including battery-powered options for the job. We look forward to working with you to help meet your unique requirements.

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