Weir-ESCO Partnership Comes Full Circle
for Long-time ESCO Employee
25 July 2018
When ESCO’s David Hamilton first heard
the news that the company would be merging with The Weir Group in April 2018,
his first thought was that he wished he was 10 years younger.
“I believe the opportunities that now
exist can only be an exciting prospect for the younger members of ESCO and,
indeed, Weir also,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton’s perspective on the new
partnership is unique. He began his career working for Weir Alloy Products in
Leeds, England in 1978 before joining ESCO in 1987. When the Weir-ESCO merger completed
on July 12, Hamilton once again became a Weir employee.
Growing up in England, Hamilton always
preferred his design and engineering classes, and left school at age 16 to take
a technical apprenticeship, which consisted of on-the-job training and college
courses. In 1978, he applied for a design engineer position in Leeds with Weir
Alloy Products, which had a license agreement with ESCO at the time. He admits
he didn’t have much experience with the earthmoving and mining industry, or
with ESCO products, but the chief engineer at Weir took a chance on him.
When ESCO decided in late 1982 to not
renew its license agreement with Weir, Hamilton left the company and took a
position at a steel mill in South Africa. As the mill’s mechanical engineer responsible
for attachments, Hamilton was designing and again working with ESCO products.
After returning to England a short time later, Hamilton decided to return
to college and earned an HND (Higher National Diploma) in Computer Aided
Engineering and subsequently a BSc. David’s education and experience helped him
land a position with ESCO as a technical manager in 1978.
Hamilton’s early experience at Weir
Alloy Products included designing buckets for excavators, draglines and shovel
dippers and, because they were the ESCO licensee involved with the verification
of the tooth system, Super Conical and localized adaptations of current ESCO
systems. This background gave him the expertise he needed to work in a number
of roles at ESCO from technical to sales and back to technical.
“The fact that I know we design and make
the best products on the market gives me the confidence to give advice, solve
problems and ensure the customer gets the best possible performance from their
equipment,” said Hamilton, now in his 12th year in technical support.
Hamilton said that ESCO and Weir are
similar in that they both have reputations for providing quality, solutions and
“If I were to sum up both companies in
one word, it would be ‘integrity’,” said Hamilton. “I recently visited a Weir foundry
in Todmorden in England and was impressed at how similar it was to ESCO
foundries. Both companies set great priorities in the protection of their
workforce, ensuring everyone is exposed to as little risk as possible and can
return home safely every day.”
Hamilton has seen a trend in most
industries where companies like ESCO need to offer a full range of products to
their customers and expand across a broader scale with more capital to grow.
Although ESCO and Weir are technically in the same industry, they work at
opposite ends of the mine—ESCO in extraction and Weir in processing. Hamilton
believes that adding ESCO to the Weir portfolio will enable ESCO’s customers to
get complete, customized service.
As one of few current ESCO employees who
has worked for Weir in the past, Hamilton has the unique experience of watching
his career co me full
circle as the two companies become one.