Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 14, 2014

Parent company of Daniels Company opening Charlotte, N.C., location

by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Change is in the works for a mining equipment business that has an almost 55-year presence in Bluefield.

The Daniels Company, a member of the GT Global family, moved from Indiana, Pa., to Bluefield in 1960. The company will have a new office, and perhaps more, in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

The Beijing Guohua Technology Group recently purchased the Fairview Office building located in SouthPark, a high-end Charlotte area business park. The Charlotte Chamber said that GT could bring as many as 60 employees to Charlotte, as well as some from the Bluefield location.

“Employees can stay in Bluefield or come to Charlotte,” Eileen Cai, vice president, Asian Sector Economic Development said. She said that Jimmy Yu, Ph.D., PEng, vice president of the Beijing Guohua Technology Group would be the appropriate person to ask about the company’s business plan. Neither the Charlotte Chamber nor Trinity Partners, the real estate company that handled the sale of the Fairview Building, could provide contact information for Yu.

BGTG is noted for having solved the “non-desliming and non-sizing HM separation technology,” that has been a problem for the coal prep industry for many years. Through the years, BGTG “has been developed into a prosperous, flourishing and renowned corporation,” according to the company’s web site. The Charlotte Chamber told the Charlotte Observer that BGTG’s move will bring 60 new employees to Charlotte, including 30 engineers and managers from Bluefield.

The Daniels Company has a long-standing tradition of excellence in the design and construction of coal preparation facilities. The company was established in Indiana, Pa., in 1956 and maintains a reputation for excellence. There are presently 22 employees at the Bluefield site that is located near the entrance to the Mercer County Airport.

Janet Bailey, executive director of the Development Authority of Mercer County said that she has been in contact with management personnel at the Daniels Company who have said the Mercer County facility is not closing.

“They are opening a second office in Charlotte,” Bailey said. “The new office will focus their efforts on international business. The people in Bluefield aren’t aware of moving. In fact, they have been renovating the Bluefield building.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com