A growing Delta business has purchased the property that was formerly home to Delta Implement. TK Mining is a multi-faceted company with offices in Delta and in Australia.
In Delta, the corporate offices are currently located in rented space on Meeker Street. Three large storage units contain equipment and materials. Acreage in North Delta is also used for storage, and rented bays at yet another location provide workspace for equipment repair and maintenance.
The purchase of nearly 10 acres on the south side of Gunnison River will allow TK to consolidate operations once interior remodeling of the existing office/parts building is completed. PNCI Construction of Grand Junction is the general contractor. A number of subcontractors from Delta and Montrose counties will be working to help complete the project by early April. Scot Buhrdorf, TK Mining's business manager, said a second building on the lot is ready to be put to use as a shop.
"I looked and looked around Delta, and this was the only place that really made sense," Buhrdorf said. The property was purchased from Ralph and Pat Mangum, the former owners of Delta Implement.
With the completion of the city's alternate truck route, a stoplight on Highway 50 will help the flow of traffic into and out of the site.
The main office will house 15 employees as well as a conference room, break room and storage area.
Since 2004, TK Mining has grown from fewer than four employees to over 170 people. The bulk of TK Mining's employees work on projects in Colorado, New Mexico and West Vierginia, as well as in Mexico, Australia and Canada.
The corporation owns three planes which ferry contract workers from Blake Field to the worksites. "Few people know that there are four international flights in and out of Delta every week," Buhrdorf said.
"Over the years we have supplied mining personnel for continuous miner pillar extraction and longwall gate road development," said owner/CEO David Schaaf. "We have also successfully performed all aspects of underground mining including ventilation, sump, and new mine portals construction, supplemental supports, longwall shield rebuilds, downshift for continuous miner sections, sealed mine exploration and rehabilitation, conveyor belt installations, and MSHA mine plan development and approvals."
Buhrdorf said TK Mining is trying to absorb as many unemployed coal miners as possible, but the coal industry is depressed across the nation. In addition to surface/underground coal mining projects, TK is looking at expanding into oil and gas, and is already actively involved in copper mining in Mexico.
"Even in today's economic climate, we continue to aggressively pursue other opportunities in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, China, Canada, and in the United States to keep our business growing," Schaaf said on the firm's website. "We firmly believe that we will come through the uncertainty in the resources sector and become a stronger and more viable company."
Other arms of the corporation are involved in construction and blasting for rockfall mitigation and avalanche control. A branch of the company called Unlimited Manpower Solutions provides temporary and seasonal employees for a broad array of industries, from construction to hotel and hospitality.blog comments powered by Disqus