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Small Business Council Spotlight: Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions

Have a conversation with Dave Shellhammer, Rotary Drilling Division with Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions

What does your business do?

We manufacture rotary blast hole drills for the mining industry. This equipment is used to drill holes in a surfacing mining operation according to a pre-set plan. The holes are subsequently loaded with explosive material and detonated. The loose material is then moved along for further processing to extract the desired mineral.

What’s your biggest concern as a small business owner?
We continue to see rising inflation and long lead times impacting our business and have taken the required steps to mitigate customer impact. Commodity prices have a direct impact on our customer base. When commodity prices fall, as they have been for the last few months, miners tend to reduce their production rates by drilling less.

Tell us why you joined the Small Business Council and what you would say to other business leaders about the benefit and value of this council. 
We joined this group so we could learn from others’ experiences and in turn, help others.  Many times we get stuck approaching issues from the same direction because “that’s how we have always done it.” When you discuss this with those outside your organization you frequently come up with a better solution or idea.
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