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COSMET WOWed by Excel Tour

The 143rd meeting of COSMET’s Dragline Operators (Common Surface Mining Equipment Troubleshooting) was held in Peoria on May 18 & 19. There were 31 attendees all representing open pit mining operations from throughout the United States that use draglines. On Friday, May 19, they visited Excel’s facilities for an in-depth tour of our facilities and demonstrations of our processes. Overall, members were very impressed with Excel Foundry & Machine.

COSMET President, Matt Kaushagen, shared that several of COSMET’s attendees mentioned that the Foundry was one of the cleanest they had ever seen and that they appreciated the opportunity to witness a pour first-hand. There were also positive comments about Excel’s precision machining. Kaushagen stated, “We feel fortunate to have observed the facilities and the manufacturing processes being utilized at Excel. Everyone at Excel seems to enjoy their job and all were very friendly. We felt extremely welcome and the pride the Excel employees have in their facilities and products is evident.”

COSMET is a non-profit organization consisting of people involved in strip mining throughout North and South America. They meet three times a year to share information and ideas regarding their dragline equipment. Their purpose: To enhance communication between people who have a common responsibility of maintaining, improving and utilizing surface mining equipment.

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