Request for Nominations for ‘Because of You’ Awards
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:44

The 2012 Miners’ Celebration Conference at the Tamarack in Beckley, WV ( on October 4-5, 2012, is being hosted by Marshall University; the WV Coal Association; the WV Department of Energy, Office of Coalfield Community Development; the National Coal Heritage Area; Strategic Solutions, LLC; and the UMWA.

The past, present and future of the mining industry depends upon thousands of individuals in key roles who contribute significantly to each ton of coal produced – its “enterprise ecosystem”. It is because of them AND YOU that the mining industry is the success it is today. On October 4 and 5, 2012, we will celebrate the contributions that have been made, are being made and will be made to West Virginia’s mining enterprise ecosystem.

Although such an ecosystem is made up of hundreds of disciplines, a small subset of the ecosystem’s disciplines has been identified and nominations for ‘Because of You’ awards are requested for outstanding individuals or groups that have made and/or are making significant contributions in the following area of the mining enterprise ecosystem.

CAI Industries/Gauley-Robertson, RSL Fiber Systems Partner To Provide Safe, Fiber Optic Lighting to Mining Industry
Thursday, 08 March 2012 06:00


RSL’s Innovative Technology May “Revolutionize” Mine Equipment Illumination;

Landmark Agreement a Major Milestone in RSL’s Mining Industry Thrust


East Hartford, Conn., and Hico, W.Va. (March 8, 2012) – Envisioning the potential to “revolutionize” and elevate the role of lighting technology in the design and operation of major mining equipment – thereby enhancing both safety and productivity – CAI Industries and sister company Gauley-Robertson (CAI/G-R) have entered into an exclusive agreement with Connecticut-based RSL Fiber Systems, LLC, to market the company’s safe, durable fiber optic lighting technology to the mining industry.

The landmark three-year agreement represents a key milestone in RSL’s ongoing commercial business thrust and reinforces CAI/G-R’s commitment to innovation and safety. It includes exclusive U.S. sales and distribution rights of designated RSL lighting products tailored to the mining industry, RSL training of CAI/G-R sales and technical staff, and joint efforts in marketing, trade shows, and advertising.

“As a leader in the manufacture and distribution of mining equipment and parts, we take great pride in seeking out new technologies that improve productivity, reduce downtime, and increase miner safety,” said CAI/Gauley-Robertson President Chuck Lilly. “We believe RSL’s groundbreaking fiber optic lighting technology has every potential to revolutionize our traditional notions of lighting for scoops, continuous miners, roof bolters and more. With RSL, we plan to introduce lighting in a whole new way to the industry.”

Another major milestone RSL expects to achieve shortly is federal approval by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) of its fiber optic mine equipment outlining system. This innovative equipment lighting approach will enhance safety and equipment visibility during mining operations, and will support the industry’s efforts to reduce man-machine accidents.

The versatile RSL system efficiently produces safe, non-electrical light and is capable of reliable light delivery in the harshest environments. The system can be utilized on scoops, continuous miners, and most other major pieces of mining machinery.

RSL has several other mine lighting products in development as well.


“This proven, rugged technology is a key component of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced warships and is a natural fit for high-demand applications such as mining,” said RSL President and Chief Technology Officer Giovanni Tomasi. “We envision a wide variety of ongoing, innovative product and technology development opportunities and applications in the months and years to come capable of significantly enhancing mine safety and operations.”


CAI Industries is a leading manufacturer and rebuilder of major pieces of mining equipment, including continuous miners, scoops, bolters, feeder-breakers, conveying equipment and battery operated vehicles. The company has plants in West Virginia and Illinois. CAI Industries has repaired, designed and developed equipment and machinery for use in all types of mining operations including conventional, continuous and longwall.

Gauley-Robertson is a worldwide distributor of replacement parts, chains, mechanical and electrical components for the high-wear areas of the underground mining industry. The company has facilities in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Utah, Europe and South Africa.

Both CAI and Gauley-Robertson are part of The Baughan Group, Inc., with headquarters in Hico, W.Va.

RSL Fiber Systems, LLC, of East Hartford, Conn., is the market leader in advanced remote source fiber optic lighting systems solutions and comprehensive engineering services for military and commercial markets. RSL systems are aboard the world’s most sophisticated warships, including the U.S. Navy’s LPD 17 Class and its newest advanced destroyer, the DDG 1000. Last year, the company secured its first international contract, with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, to supply fiber optic remote source lighting systems for the Italian Navy’s FREMM class frigates.

In addition to mining, other commercial markets RSL is cultivating include petrochemical, hazardous environments and renewable energy. RSL’s core technology, remote source lighting, provides safe, low-maintenance, high-performance illumination uniquely by utilizing high-efficiency optical fiber to deliver light safely and efficiently to mission critical or hazardous locations.



Wednesday, 29 June 2011 21:14

Nearly 200 Marshall University supporters, including members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation, joined Marshall’s president, athletic director and football and basketball coaches at the nation’s capital June 21 to celebrate the University’s recent growth and expansion projects now under way.

The crowd, which included many Big Green members, gathered during Marshall’s annual State of the University address and reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  The Newseum is an interactive museum of news located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave.