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20180720_081613_018.jpgWeir-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 customer attention.


“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.