Caddo Creek Resources, a subsidiary of The North American Coal Corporation, is using a new ZX470LC-5 to perform multiple tasks at its Marshall Mine.
The new production-class excavator was commissioned the beginning of the year and is being used to load coal, haul dirt, dig sumps for water management, perform ditch work and more.
“It’s probably the most versatile machine we have out there when it comes to different types of applications,” said Chris Taylor, operations manager at Caddo Creek Resources. “A lot of companies have trackhoes for very specific tasks like overburden removal or coal loading. We’re using it in all applications. It runs every day. It’s always doing something.”
Caddo Creek Resources mines lignite for Cabot Norit Americas’ activated carbon production facility in Marshall, Texas. The facility is one of the largest producers of powdered, activated carbon worldwide and leads the power generation industry in activated carbon technology for mercury removal. Across the U.S. and Canada, many states have implemented regulations and standards to reduce mercury emissions as they can create environmental and health issues.
Taylor’s experience with other Hitachi machines played a large role in the rental of the ZX470LC-5.
“We considered pricing, performance and my experience with other Hitachi machines,” said Taylor. “Seeing how Hitachi machines operate from a cost-effectiveness standpoint made them the better overall choice. And quite honestly, the operators like running the machine. A happy operator makes a productive operator!”
Caddo Creek Resources is serviced by ROMCO Equipment Company in Longview, Texas.