From his humble beginnings as an apprentice to his current role as a valued member of the FLANDERS team, Greg’s work history is a testament to his unwavering dedication, thirst for knowledge, and remarkable adaptability. In the ever-evolving world of heavy machinery and mining, few individuals can boast a career as diverse and enduring as Greg’s. Let’s delve into Greg’s professional journey, filled with challenges, triumphs, and a deep appreciation for the industry and the people he has encountered.
Greg embarked on his career in 1978, commencing his apprenticeship as a Diesel & Heavy Earthmoving Equipment Fitter at the Utah Development Company Blackwater Mine, now owned by BMA. Those formative years laid the foundation for his technical expertise and instilled in his meticulous attention to detail that would characterize his work ethic throughout his career.
After completing his apprenticeship in 1982, Greg ventured to Mackay for new challenges. He embraced various roles, immersing himself in pubs, construction, and farm machinery maintenance. Greg even tried his hand at cane cutting and farming, showcasing his willingness to embrace diverse experiences and broaden his skill set.
In 1983, Greg joined the Blair Athol Coal mine in Clermont, marking the beginning of an incredible 29-year journey. Greg’s unwavering commitment and versatility shone through as he worked on every piece of machinery available, focusing on Draglines and Electric Shovels. His deep knowledge of the mining equipment became invaluable to the smooth operation of the mine.
In 2013, seeking new horizons, Greg made a career move to the Caval Ridge Coal mine, initially as a Field Maintenance Fitter. Demonstrating his exceptional skills and leadership potential, he quickly progressed to the role of Supervisor. In 2014, after a few months of well-deserved rest, fate intervened when Greg received an unexpected phone call from Gary Free, leading him to join Flanders, where he has remained ever since.
Throughout his career, Greg has had the privilege of working with exceptional individuals, both at FLANDERS and in the broader industry. Each person has contributed to his growth and learning, enriching his professional journey. Greg extends his heartfelt gratitude to the management team at Flanders for their guidance and unwavering support throughout his tenure. The countless opportunities for growth and development provided by Flanders have played an integral role in shaping Greg into the accomplished professional he is today.
As Greg reflects upon his expansive career, he cherishes the memories and experiences that have shaped him personally and professionally. FLANDERS, in particular, has proven to be the pinnacle of his professional journey, offering a fulfilling work environment that Greg describes as the best job he has ever had. With his wealth of experience, unwavering dedication, and a genuine appreciation for the industry and its people, Greg’s story inspires all aspiring professionals in the mining and heavy machinery sector.