Mining is certainly a global industry, with raw materials being mined all over the world and shipped all over the world. After all, we can’t control where these resources are found – we can only control what we do with them and how we use them. In the U.S. and the Carolinas, the coal and metal sectors dominate domestic mining. With 36,000 employees, $20 billion in revenues, and $3 billion in exports in 2009, the industry remains a backbone of employment and industry in our country. As markets for homes, automobiles, and other end products where mined materials are used continue to improve, the industry looks to expand in the future.
In an area like mining where materials are extracted, sold, and shipped by weight, scales play an important role. No job site would be complete without wheel loader scales for the most efficient weighing and product transportation possible, and any mining company that doesn’t invest in top-of-the-line weighing equipment is risking its time, investment, and bottom line. Mining occupies an interesting and important position in the continued recovery of the American economy: it relies on the success of the aforementioned downstream industries like housing, but also provides a indication, both symbolically and tangibly, of the strength of industry in the United States. Carolina Scales is glad to contribute to this strength.