Job Story: Reclaimer Truck Wheel Assembly

Market: Mining

Application: Fabrication and assembly of 4 truck wheel assemblies for reclaiming machine

The Challenge:  A global manufacturer of mining machinery needed 4 new rugged truck wheel assemblies manufactured for one of their reclaimers.  The parts needed to be delivered quickly and be able to withstand the rigors of everyday use in mining operations.

kercher-industries-reclaimer-wheel-assemblyThe Solution: Kercher Industries was chosen to manufacture these parts because of their proven track record in providing turnkey solutions in meeting all of the required specifications.  The manufacturing processes required for this particular project included laser cutting, welding, machining, mechanical assembly, and painting.  It was imperative that a company with all of these capabilities manage the build.  According to Gary Peters, Operations Manager at Kercher Industries, “We were selected for this particular project based on our history of providing excellent service to this client.  Furthermore, our experience in building ruggedized parts for our own Lancaster Products brand high shear mixers gave them a high level of confidence in our ability to manufacture these one-off mechanical assemblies.”

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New Fiber Laser Cutter Provides Increased Capabilities and Efficiencies

kercher-industries-fibre-laser-cutterKercher Industries added a new 2030 Trumpf 4000 watt fiber laser cutting machine to its fabrication facility to replace an older CO2 laser and expand its overall fabrication capabilities.   There are several performance advantages to the new laser including a better quality of cut edge, faster processing, and higher efficiencies.  Says Gary Peters, Operations Manager, “The laser cutter is the life-force of our fabrication shop as it feeds all projects that require 2D shapes fabricated from sheet or plate stock.  The improved cut edge and faster processing times have allowed us to shorten lead times and expand our capabilities”

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New Ownership at Kercher Enterprises

After 70 years as a family business, Kercher Enterprises is pleased to announce new ownership as of April, 2016.  Curt Snyder purchased Kercher Industries (www.kercherindustries.com) and the Lancaster Products (www.lancasterprd.com) brand of high shear mixers.  Additionally, he assumes the role of President and CEO.  Previous owner, Ed Kercher will remain on staff to share the wealth of knowledge he accumulated since his family started the business in 1946.  Current and future customers can expect the same great service and dedication to excellence that has become a trademark of Kercher Industries and Lancaster Products.

curt-snyder-kercher-industriesCurt has served in numerous financial and operational roles over his 20 year professional career including as a management consultant for Accenture and successfully leading Mergers and Acquisitions for companies such as Triumph Group and QuEST Global Services.  This experience provided Curt with a good eye for identifying healthy companies with growth potential and an understanding of how to best manage the transition.  Kercher Enterprises perfectly fit his search criteria and fulfilled Curt’s  goal of owning his own corporation.  Says Snyder, “Kercher Enterprises stood out among the other manufacturing companies I looked into, because of the positive impact it has on its customers in delivering value and solutions.  Customers come to us every day with new challenges that require our expertise and that keeps me and my employees excited to come to work every day.”

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