INA, Ill. – AmerCable Incorporated recently hooked Rend Lake College mining technology students up with more than $10,000 of electrical cable for training. AmerCable Field Representative Garry Childers joined a staff member of his local distributor, MEMSCO’s Dakota Lynch, to deliver the cable to RLC’s Coal Mining Training Center. MEMSCO provided free delivery of the product.
RLC Mining Technology Associate Professor Dave Colombo said his training program will benefit greatly from the cable. He said students will learn how to safely splice it, attach plugs and enter it into a power center and machines.
“We will be cutting some of it up. I hate to do that with new cable,” Colombo said.
“You can’t put a price on an industry that will invest in its own future,” said RLC Applied Science and Technology Division Chair Terry Wilkerson.
“AmerCable is concerned greatly for students,” Childers said. “In the Illinois coal basin, for several years, we lost a lot of coal miners because safety in the industry was not that strong. We found out about Rend Lake training coal miners ... and we got to talking with Dave who told me his need for cable. So AmerCable is gifting this cable for training and, utmost, for teaching safety. Our main concern, along with making a quality product, is safety.”
Two spools were delivered to RLC – 500 feet of 995 miner cable and 500 feet of safety red-jacket cable. Childers added that because RLC students now have this cable, they will be trained on exactly what they will see at the mine.
Established in 1949, AmerCable specializes in cable manufacturing for surface and underground mining, which makes up approximately 60 percent of its business, according to Childers.
“Coal mining has been our long-term money maker and it’s going to be,” he said. “We are dedicated to the coal industry.”
For additional information about RLC’s Mining Technology program, contact the Coal Mine Training Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 2373.