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MINExpo Draws 50,000 to Las Vegas

MINExpo 2012, held every four years, just concluded a historic run at the Las Vegas Convention Center, amassing approximately 850,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, up 42 percent from its previous high in 2008; and an estimated 50,000 attendees, up about 30 percent from 38,000, four years ago.

Greg Boyce, chairman and CEO of Peabody Energy and chairman of the National Mining Association (NMA), the Washington, D.C., national trade group sponsoring the quadrennial show, joined Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki; Joy Global president and CEO Mike Sutherlin, chairman of MINExpo 2012; and Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the N ational Mining Association (NMA), in the opening ceremonies at the event.

Lt. Gov. Krolicki welcomed “the thousands who will view this magnificent exhibition,” and noted “Nevada is proud to lead the nation in gold production and ranks among the world’s leaders in the use of state-of-the-art mining technology.” He added, “Mining has also led all industry sectors in hiring new employees in our state during the first half of the year.”

“The growth in international attendance, from 16 countries in 2008 to 36 represented today, mirrors the global presence of the mining industry,” said Sutherlin. “With record expected attendance and exhibition space, by every measure, this show is historic,” he added.

Concluding the opening ceremony, Peabody’s Boyce said, “This is the largest single assembly of mining equipment in history and the sheer scale of this showcase is a testament to the state-of-the-art technologies being used right across the industry. The world’s energy and industrial supply chain begins with mining, and the equipment and products on display at MINExpo show why mining is safer, more productive and more efficient than ever before.”

Caterpillar Inc. featured the largest single exhibit ever presented at MINExpo. With more than 52,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, Caterpillar showcased its broad line of both surface and underground mining and materials handling equipment. It also featured a full-size locomotive at its booth, which required reinforcement of the building’s floor.

“There is no bigger stage to give us this remarkable opportunity to tell the Caterpillar mining story. We recognize that mining is at the core of an unprecedented drive for urbanization and modernization,” said Caterpillar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman. “We still believe the long-term outlook is positive for this industry and we're uniquely positioned to capitalize on that growth. That's why the company has made major investments in mining across the Caterpillar organization, including the acquisitions of Bucyrus and Siwei. By combining organic growth with the growth that we expect to receive from these acquisitions, Caterpillar will better serve mining customers which benefits our dealers, employees and stockholders.”

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