01/12/2012 | Editor: Marcel Dröttboom
Heyl & Patterson, headquartered in Pittsburgh (PA), USA, celebrates its 125th anniversary. Founded as a sales agency for conveyer chains and elevator buckets in 1887, the company is now an innovator of railroad and barge unloaders and thermal processing equipment for the mining, chemical, energy and biomass sectors.
Pittsburgh (PA), USA – Heyl & Patterson has been based in Pittsburgh since its founding in 1887. The company's hometown success story began when Edmund W. Heyl and William J. Patterson formed a sales agency in downtown Pittsburgh for conveyer chains and elevator buckets. Due to its proximity to the coal, steel, glass and aluminum industries of southwestern Pennsylvania, Heyl & Patterson quickly evolved into one of their top suppliers as they grew in the region.
Heyl & Patterson is now an innovator of railroad and barge unloaders and thermal processing equipment for the mining, chemical, energy and biomass sectors. The company currently does business throughout North America and around the world, with electric power plants, export facilities and steel mills, and has ongoing relationships in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia and South Korea.
"People often ask how a locally-owned company like Heyl & Patterson has survived so long," said John Edelman, President and CEO. "We would not be in business today if our employees had not strived to maintain the legacy of the Heyl and Patterson families through the years. Our company has always stayed innovative and has consistently delivered the best quality products at fair prices. We never stop looking for ways to improve."
Heyl & Patterson holds numerous patents, including a fluid bed coal burner that turns refuse into clean, stable pellets that can be disposed of without ecological damage. The company also invented a travelling hammermill to work in conjunction with a railroad car dumper; a crane that automatically replaces worn wire rope when safety requires it; and the continuous barge unloader, a machine with a series of buckets running in a continuous loop, which now makes up the majority of unloaders on the Mississippi Delta.
Today, the company serves on the Lignite Energy Council to enhance the development of American lignite coal for generating electricity, and is active in several specialty engineering and manufacturing associations. Heyl & Patterson was recently part of a team to receive the Coal-Fired Project of the Year Award for creating a cost-saving technology that improves fuel quality and decreases dangerous gas emissions at power plants. The company has also developed equipment for wood torrefaction, a process that essentially converts wood biomass into a renewable coal substitute.
Heyl & Patterson will host a series of events throughout 2012, including its 15th Bi-Annual Railcar Dumper User Group Conference in September.
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