Miner Rail Products Division earns AWS accreditation

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Miner Enterprises Inc. has earned the Certified Welding Fabricator (CWF) accreditation from the American Welding Society (AWS) for its Rail Products Division facility in Saltillo, Mexico. The AWS awards the CWF accreditation to companies that meet high standards of training, equipment, and quality management in their welding operations.

The CWF certification process required completion of an application and quality manual, as well as an onsite audit of the Saltillo facility, where Miner currently operates multiple gas metal arc welding production lines. The facility has met numerous other quality and safety standards, including ANSI Z49.1 and ISO 9001:2008.

To earn CWF accreditation, Miner’s Rail Products Division demonstrated that its personnel, equipment, and quality management procedures met or exceeded AWS’s exacting specifications. “Throughout the certification process, our team showed the same professionalism and attention to detail that we bring to our work every day,” said John Swezey, General Manager of Miner subsidiary Powerbrace.

“To the best of our knowledge, Miner is the first railroad industry supplier to earn this prestigious certification in Latin America,” said Miner Enterprises President and General Manager Ric Biehl. “The CWF accreditation reflects a tremendous commitment to quality on the part of the entire Rail Products Division team.”

Miner’s Rail Products Division designs and manufactures outlet gates, brake beams, and other railcar components for customers in more than 50 countries. The company’s facility in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, “uses industry best practices and state-of-the-art technology to produce components that deliver years of high performance, even under demanding service conditions,” Miner said.

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