Longwall USA 2019 is in the Archives
Mining Media International (MMI) hosted its first Longwall USA International Conference & Exhibition after purchasing the property from SEMCO Productions in 2017. Total attendance for event was 736. “We experienced a 55% improvement in attendance from the mines — 219 vs. 141 in 2017,” said Steve Fiscor, president, MMI. “The total attendance figure was down considerably from 1,176 in 2017, and much of that difference — roughly 350 people — was a decline in non-exhibiting suppliers.”
In 2019, Longwall USA saw a noticeable increase in international participation with miners from Australia (9), Canada (7), China (5) and Mongolia (1).
As far as the exhibition, Longwall USA 2019 had 62 stands compared to 66 in 2017. A survey performed after Longwall USA 2017 indicated that exhibitors thought too many suppliers were “walking the show,” and not enough miners. Of the 2019 total attendance, 517 were suppliers vs. 1,035 suppliers in 2017.
Coal Age presented its Longwall USA Top Performers Award to four longwall mines.
- High-seam division: Signal Peak Energy’s Bull Mountains No. 1 Mine
- Medium-seam division: Alliance Resources’ Tunnel Ridge Mine,
- Foresight Energy’s Sugar Camp Mine
- Low-seam division: American Energy’s Century Mine
One of several new twists this year was a student poster program. Overall, seven students participated and Coal Age presented awards for three places.
Longwall USA Night at PNC Park was a huge success despite the fact that the hometown team lost. Don Simms, president, UME, threw out the first pitch to Peter Zhang of ZMJ. Delegates enjoyed a 100-seat block behind home plate.
Thank you to all of those who attended and helped make Longwall USA 2019 a success.
Longwall USA will return in May 2021.