NEWS RELEASE: Edmund J. Longyear to Be Inducted into International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

SALT LAKE CITY — Jan. 9, 2014 — Boart Longyear (, the world’s leading provider of integrated exploration drilling services, equipment and performance tooling, is honored to announce that Edmund J. Longyear will be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame’s inaugural class for his role in exploration. Fourteen inductees will be honored during a gala dinner hosted at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Longyear’s influence in contract diamond drilling, geological services and shaft sinking in the early part of the 20th century served the rapidly growing U.S. iron ore mining and steel industry. This led to him winning the exploration nomination.

“Edmund truly was a pioneer in mineral exploration and drilling,” said Richard O’Brien, president and chief executive officer of Boart Longyear. “He deserves the recognition that the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame bestows upon its inductees.”

In 1890, Longyear drilled the first diamond core hole in the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota. He later formed the E.J. Longyear Company, which would eventually become Boart Longyear.

A panel of experts and leaders in the fields of exploration, mining and processing determined the final inductees from a large field of nominations from the international mining community. The International Mining Hall of Fame is the only hall of fame to recognize the global innovators in the mining industry.

Longyear will join the 14 other inductees from the areas of safety, exploration, underground development, underground production, underground load and haul, underground support, surface mine production, surface mine load and haul, mining software, comminution, concentration, bulk handling, tailings management, and outstanding innovator.

In 1990, Longyear was inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame in Leadville, Colo.

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About Boart Longyear

With over 120 years of expertise, Boart Longyear is the world’s leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment, and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies globally. It also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine de-watering, oil sands exploration, and production drilling.

The Global Drilling Services division operates in over 40 countries for a diverse mining customer base spanning a wide range of commodities, including copper, gold, nickel, zinc, uranium, and other metals and minerals. The Global Products division designs, manufactures and sells drilling equipment, performance tooling, and aftermarket parts and services to customers in over 100 countries.

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