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E M I MCSWEENEY’S INC. WINTER 2012 • South Point, Ohio “The coal mining industry has been very strong for several years, and I think it’s going to continue to be strong for the next three to five years.” // JOE MCSWEENEY, CEO Carol Farris welds a DO6 bolt wrench at McSweeney’s South Point, Ohio, factory.. Providing A Better Option McSweeney’s Inc. is expanding internationally its line of unique products that improve mine safety and operation. [ BY RUSS GAGER ] Founded in 1967 by Larry McSweeney, McSweeney’s Inc. quickly gravitated toward manufacturing unique products for the mining industry. Still president PROFILE of the company, McSweeney had been a miner for “the better part of his life,” says his son Joe McSweeney, who is CEO. “Our business has been somewhat focused around mining from the very McSweeney’s Inc.. | 2011 revenue: $17 million | Headquarters: South Point, Ohio | Employees: 147 | Specialties: Forging, machining and custom fabricating for mining, railroad and chemical industries beginning,” Joe McSweeney maintains. He manages the business with his sister, Vice President Sandy Blackburn. Located in South Point, Ohio, in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, McSweeney’s Inc. is near steel mills and a nickel plant as well as companies that support the nearby coal mining industry. The company is approaching its fourth year of successful annual ISO 9001:2008 recertification, and this year received the small business of the year award from the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce. The company will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2012. “Our father had been a coal miner the better part of his life,” McSweeney says. “He left the mining industry and moved to Huntington, W. Va., and got in the trucking industry. Then he got into sales for another company. That company called on the mining industry, and he left them and started his own business. At that time, he was calling on the chemical and mining industry throughout a tristate area, even into Pennsylvania.” The elder McSweeney’s business started as a job shop machine shop, but the company now is strictly a production 128

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Energy & Mining International - Winter 2012

Energy & Mining International - Winter 2012
Arab Spring Continues?
Uranium in 2012
Commercial Solar the Way to Go
The Natural Solution?
Head Winds
Canada Focus
Copper Mountain Mining Corp.
Plainsman Manufacturing Inc.
Cementation Inc.
New Pacific Metals Corp. – Tagish Lake Gold-Silver Project
Smash Minerals
De Beers Canada
Precismeca Ltd.
Arkbro Industries
Conception D. Bedard Inc.
Focus Metals Inc.
Stettler Oil and Gas
Latin America Focus
Canacol Energy Ltd.
Americas Petrogas Inc.
Lithium One Inc.
Kootenay Gold Inc.
Cabo Drilling (Panama) Corp.
Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.
Caribbean Regional Focus
ASASCO Trinidad Ltd.
Trinidad Offshore Fabricators Unlimited
Sadhna Petroleum Services
Tiger Tanks Trinidad
Alaska Clean Seas
Modular Transportable Housing
Hana Mining Ltd.
Mercator Minerals
Kennedy Wire Rope and Sling Co.
McSweeney’s Inc.
Southern Coal Corp.
Stewart & Stevenson
Offshore Inland-Marine & Oilfield Services Inc.
Upco Inc.
The Final Shot

Energy & Mining International - Winter 2012