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Irwin Mine and Tunneling Supply acquires Prox Chain product line

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Irwin Mine and Tunneling Supply, an affiliate of Irwin Car and Equipment that manufactures, distributes and sells replacement parts for customers worldwide, has purchased the product line of Prox Chain, a manufacturer of mining chains since 1875.

Prox Chain’s highwall miner chain is recognised as the industry standard for continuous mining equipment chains, and the company’s cutter chains are among the most durable equipment for salt mining applications. Irwin is also offering Prox Chains used by the railroad industry in maintenance-of-way applications. Irwin’s stocking warehouse in Beckley, West Virginia, the US, will supply customers with these products, which were previously handled by Prox in Terre Haute, Indiana.

“The acquisition of Prox Chain’s product lines increases our ability to serve companies in all sectors of the mining industry better than ever,” said William Baker, President and CEO of Irwin Car and Equipment. “Prox Chains are an ideal complement to our portfolio of mining and tunneling equipment, and replacement parts.”

According to Irwin, this acquisition of Prox Chain’s product line is a continuation of the company’s growth in the mining equipment and industrial rail sectors over the past several years. In 2015, Irwin acquired a pair of Virginia-based companies, Mescher Manufacturing Co. and Radford Remanufacturing & Assembly, for their proprietary products and manufacturing operations. In 2014, Irwin purchased Traction Motor Service for its full-service railroad motor repair capabilities, TDT for its complete lines of rock dusting equipment and belt products, and American Mine Services for its rock dust storage bins and hopper slinger duster technology.

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