Thursday, May 23, 2013

J&J Reaches Out to Mongolia and Beyond


Earier this year, Bill Riggs, president of J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, traveled to the Asia to explore business opportunities at a large iron ore mine. His first stop was in Beijing where he met with J&J’s manufacturer’s representative, Mike Long, who had flown in from Vietnam where he currently resides. The next day, the two traveled to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, where the first meetings with customers (heavy equipment and truck dealers) began.

The next leg of the journey was a flight from the capital to the small town of Altai. The group landed on a dirt landing strip as there are no paved roads in Altai. The final destination, far into the interior of Mongolia, and after a 7-hour trip through the desert on unimproved roads, was the iron ore mine where the trucks and equipment are needed. Specifically, the mine is interested in J&J heavy-duty dump trailers that will be used to transport iron ore about 70 miles from the mine site to the Chinese border. The mine is also interested in putting mechanic, fuel, lubrication, and tire trucks to work at the site.

The primary purpose of the trip was mapping the haul road with surveyors' GPS to determine the grades and road conditions the tractor and trailer would be operating in. Bill and Mike successfully captured this data to finalize the engineered solution.

Somerset Welding & Steel is committed to expanding globally by offering overseas customers customized solutions that meet their needs and requirements.
Mike Long (far left) and Bill Riggs (middle) made a 7-hour trip
on dirt roads to reach their final destination in Mongolia,
an iron ore mine.

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