Contact Information

Canada

Head Office
Rail-Veyor Technologies Global Inc.
40 Larch Street, Unit 201
Sudbury, ON P3E 5M7
Toll Free: 1-844-288-0450
Office: 1-705-682-0450

United States

Regional Office
Rail-Veyor Tech Center
402 E. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
Toll Free: 1-844-288-0450

INTRODUCTION

Groundbreaking Safety. Eliminates Emissions. Incredible Efficiency. Welcome to The Future of Materials Hauling.


Railveyor is an innovation company that designs and manufactures ingenious, fully autonomous, emissions- and battery-free material hauling systems for underground and surface mining use. In real-world applications, the Railveyor Material Hauling System saves up to 80% over current system costs – and practically eliminates hauling carbon impact over traditional solutions. 

Like many of the world’s most practical, enduring and successful technological innovations, Railveyor’s TrulyAutonomous hauling system solves what wasn’t even thought to be a problem – the high cost, danger and dirtiness associated with material hauling in underground and surface mining.

For many decades, inefficient, dirty and dangerous haulage was baked into mining’s DNA – perhaps simply because it had been practiced so long. It was long assumed that once material is gathered from a mine’s face, conveyors should haul it to trucks and trucks should haul it to the next stop in the transportation process. Never mind that the machinery used nearly every step of the way is expensive, labor-intensive, dangerous and needlessly damaging to the environment. 

Railveyor utilizes the very best and most flexible of attributes of traditional truck/rail/conveyor systems in an ingenious, emission-free, battery-free system utilizing lightweight .762 m and 1.22 meter railcars on Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) and software-controlled tracks that easily handle dramatic topographic challenges below and above ground. Railveyor’s unique McCall Discharge Loop allows gravity to propel materials from the cars, nearly eliminating carry back and trough wear. 

The autonomous nature of Railveyor Material Hauling System and it’s emission-free electric power make it infinitely safer than traditional truck/rail/conveyor approaches. 

Each system is custom-engineered per site needs to achieve the ultimate in efficiency, safety and carbon savings. Railveyor systems have been installed and are in continuous use in the United States, Canada, South America and Kazakhstan. In every installation, we have helped drive significant OPEX reductions – as high as 81%.  

Simply put, Railveyor’s TrulyAutonomous material hauling system makes mining cleaner, safer and more profitable.

who we are

Railveyor designs, manufactures, installs and supports autonomous materials hauling systems to reduce costs and emissions and improve mining safety.


We are a mission-driven company of innovators and problem-solvers committed to providing bulk material hauling systems and software solutions to maximize business efficiency and ROI. The Railveyor system is an progressive electric autonomous narrow gauge light rail bulk material hauling system propelled by stationary low horsepower power plants adjacent to the rail route.

As Railveyor is 100% self powering, it provides a simpler, cheaper, greener and far more efficient solution than any traditional solution such as heavy rail, conveyor system or truck haulage, and is compatible with a variety of industrial applications, from mining to port terminals, industrial and agricultural to energy and beyond.

Railveyor by Year


Click to Learn More About Railveyor’s History

1999

1999
First Rail-Veyor (R-V) system developed

2007

2007
Harmony Gold installs first UG system

2010

2010
– Creation of Rail-Veyor Technologies Global  Inc. [RVTG]
Global License for IP developed  at Florida Institute of Phosphate Research funding

2011

2011
Global License for IP developed  at Florida Institute of Phosphate Research funding

2012-2013

2012

  • Key Recruitment – VP, Sales andMarketing
  • Vale Demonstration Site Completed
  • RVTG Test Site Completed in Sudbury, ON
  • Series A Funding Raised
  • 3rd generation Railveyor® designs are finalized for improved reliability, efficiency and reduced costs

2014-2016

2014-2016

  • New Contract : AGNICO EAGLE in Quebec
  • New Contract : MAROIL Trading Inc.
  • Sudbury Site Investment : Warehouse / Shop Space addition
  • 360 Dump Loop Prototype, New Track Switch and Drive Stations
  • Key recruitment : VP Accounting
  • Start of Patent Application for 4 Designs/Applications – Dump  Loop, Drive Station, Switch and Frame/Car

2017

2017

  • AGNICO EAGLE goes into production
  • New Contract: DOE RUN in Missouri
  • Key recruitments: VP Mining Services, VP Procurement and Logistics
  • Acquired experienced engineering team in the US
  • Creation of Railveyor Engineering Center in Houghton, Michigan

2018

2018

  • R&D (Testing) :  New “Side Plate” Hydraulic Braking System
  • R&D (Design) : New “Side Plate” Hydraulic Braking System,  Standardized Electrical Control Cabinet, Rail-Car (4th Gen)

2019

2019

  • New Contract : Glencore /  Kazzinc
  • New Contract : MONARCH GOLD
  • DOE RUN goes into production

2020

2020

  • Railveyor wins 4th Annual Mining Cleantech Challenge
  • RCF JOLIMONT becomes investor in Railveyor

2021

2021

  • New Contract: Polymetal
  • MAROIL being commissioned EOY

Railveyor global view

Global Installations


Our Global Locations

Hover over each location for more information

Agnico Eagle - Quebec, Canada Doe Run - Missouri, USA Maroil - South America Vale Copper Cliff - Ontario, Canada Harmony Gold - Phakisa Gold Mine - South Africa John McCall Test Facility - Sudbury, ON Kazzinc – Dolinny Mine - Kazakhstan Polymetal – Varvarinskoye Mine - Kazakhstan Sukha Balka – Frunze Mine - Ukraine

Our mission

The Mission That
Drives Railveyor


Railveyor’s mission is to attract and retain clients by offering best-in-class material hauling solutions by becoming an essential part of their team and strategy through lowering costs while delivering genuine ROI. We are committed to developing a profitable and disciplined culture of safety, trust, and service.

our values

The Values We Live
and Breathe


The Railveyor team believes in developing safe, reliable, and environmentally safe material hauling systems for our customers, their teams, and the communities in which they operate.

Leadership

  • Jim Fisk
    Executive Chairman since 2011

    Jim Fisk
    Executive Chairman since 2011


    Mr. Fisk brings over 40 years of experience with engineering, manufacturing, and entrepreneurial companies in railroad and railroad related industries. Jim is a tireless, practical problem solver and dares us all to ask: “What if we succeed?”

    Prior to this, Jim was the Vice President and Chief Mechanical Officer for Kansas City Southern Railroad from 2003 to 2005 and again in 2009 to 2010. In the intervening years, he was the Vice President of Continuous Improvement at locomotive manufacturer Electro Motive Diesel.

    Before that, Jim held various positions of executive leadership for companies such National Railway Equipment Co, Wisconsin Central Transportation Corp, and Milwaukee Road.

    Jim is the only American to ever hold a board seat at the European Railway Commission (UIC) – Mechanical Division. He was formerly the Adviser to the University of Sheffield Railway engineering School.

    Jim is a director at several privately held companies and has worked across the globe.

  • Michelle Ash
    Director since 2020

     

    Michelle Ash
    Director since 2020


    Ms. Ash has over two decades of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. Within the mining sector, she is a thought leader in Innovation Strategy, Technology, and Digital Transformation.

    Michelle joined OZ Minerals in March 2022 as Technology Executive, accountable for information and communications technology.

    Prior to this, Michelle was CEO of Dassault Systems GEOVIA software division and was also previously Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold.

    As Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), Michelle has helped develop best practices for the implementation of technology and socially enabled changes in the mining industry. She advises start-ups including Petra Data Science, OffWorld, Behault, Descartes Labs and MineSpider.

    She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto and has held operational roles in mining companies and across commodities.

    • 2016: Named one of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK
    • 2019: Technology Innovator of the Year Award by Mines and Technology
    • Degree in Civil Engineering & Executive MBA, Melbourne Business School.
    • Degree in Psychology, Deakin University.

    Follow Michelle on Twitter: MichelleAsh18

  • Charles Gillies
    Director since 2021

    Charles Gillies
    Director since 2021


    Mr. Gillies has been a Director at RCF Jolimont since 2013. He co-founded Jolimont Capital in 2003, completing 30 technology investments. His focus is working with management teams on financings, restructurings, and marketing.

    Charles has 21 years of private equity experience working with management teams on financings, restructurings, and marketing. Prior roles include membership of investment committees, consulting, marketing, and corporate advisory. Charles also has direct experience of start-ups as CEO and founder of an Internet service business in 1999. For 2 years, Charles was a guest lecturer in Strategic Management at Deakin University.

    He also lectured and was a taskforce member for five years in the Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment for the Securities Institute of Australia.

    Charles has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School where he was the HJ Heinz Scholar in 1991, is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and has a Bachelor of Science/Arts from the University of Melbourne.

  • Lex McArthur
    Director since 2021

    Lex McArthur
    Director since 2021


    Mr. McArthur joined RCF Jolimont in 2013. Prior to that, he co-founded Jolimont Capital in 2003, completing 30 technology investments. His strengths are in deal structuring, transaction negotiation and business strategies.

    Lex works actively in developing growth and exit strategies with each of his investee companies and in guiding and mentoring the CEOs and senior management. He is a director of indurad GmbH, and was a director of Blast Movement Technologies, sold to Hexagon Mining in 2020, and Minnovare, sold to Hexagon Mining in 2022.

    Prior to founding Jolimont Capital, Lex was CEO of ADI, a technology seed investor whose shareholders included Ernst & Young. Previously, he was CEO of Emerge CMC Ltd, a joint venture between leading IT vendors including Oracle, NEC, Telstra and four major universities to commercialize online and multimedia business applications.

    Lex’s professional experience and contacts span a range of industry sectors including investment, IT, and mining. It includes two start-up IT businesses that Lex founded and operated between 1992 and 1996. His mining industry experience includes time as a Mining Engineer at Mt Isa in Queensland.

    Lex has a B. Eng. (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Post Grad Dip in Mineral Economics and is a FINSIA Associate.

  • Thomas Rissman
    Director since 2011

    Thomas Rissman
    Director since 2011


    Mr. Rissman works as a corporate lawyer headquarted in Chicago, Illinois. He currently serves on the boards of several companies working in the surface transportation industry in North America.

    In addition to Railveyor, Mr. Rissman has served as a director of numerous public and private companies, including Electro-Motive Diesel, Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation, English Welsh & Scottish Railways, Tranz Rail Holdings, Australian Transport Network, Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad, Gateway Western Railroad, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, Hallcrest, ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, and Excalibur Technology Corporation.

    • 1979: Graduated from Cornell University
    • 1982: Graduated from the Law School at the University of Chicago

Board of Directors


 

Jim Fisk
Executive Chairman since 2011


Mr. Fisk brings over 40 years of experience with engineering, manufacturing, and entrepreneurial companies in railroad and railroad related industries. Jim is a tireless, practical problem solver and dares us all to ask: “What if we succeed?”

Prior to this, Jim was the Vice President and Chief Mechanical Officer for Kansas City Southern Railroad from 2003 to 2005 and again in 2009 to 2010. In the intervening years, he was the Vice President of Continuous Improvement at locomotive manufacturer Electro Motive Diesel.

Before that, Jim held various positions of executive leadership for companies such National Railway Equipment Co, Wisconsin Central Transportation Corp, and Milwaukee Road.

Jim is the only American to ever hold a board seat at the European Railway Commission (UIC) – Mechanical Division. He was formerly the Adviser to the University of Sheffield Railway engineering School.

Jim is a director at several privately held companies and has worked across the globe.

Michelle Ash
Director since 2020


Ms. Ash has over two decades of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. Within the mining sector, she is a thought leader in Innovation Strategy, Technology, and Digital Transformation.

Michelle joined OZ Minerals in March 2022 as Technology Executive, accountable for information and communications technology.

Prior to this, Michelle was CEO of Dassault Systems GEOVIA software division and was also previously Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold.

As Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), Michelle has helped develop best practices for the implementation of technology and socially enabled changes in the mining industry. She advises start-ups including Petra Data Science, OffWorld, Behault, Descartes Labs and MineSpider.

She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto and has held operational roles in mining companies and across commodities.

  • 2016: Named one of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK
  • 2019: Technology Innovator of the Year Award by Mines and Technology
  • Degree in Civil Engineering & Executive MBA, Melbourne Business School.
  • Degree in Psychology, Deakin University.

Follow Michelle on Twitter: MichelleAsh18

Charles Gillies
Director since 2021


Mr. Gillies has been a Director at RCF Jolimont since 2013. He co-founded Jolimont Capital in 2003, completing 30 technology investments. His focus is working with management teams on financings, restructurings, and marketing.

Charles has 21 years of private equity experience working with management teams on financings, restructurings, and marketing. Prior roles include membership of investment committees, consulting, marketing, and corporate advisory. Charles also has direct experience of start-ups as CEO and founder of an Internet service business in 1999. For 2 years, Charles was a guest lecturer in Strategic Management at Deakin University.

He also lectured and was a taskforce member for five years in the Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment for the Securities Institute of Australia.

Charles has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School where he was the HJ Heinz Scholar in 1991, is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and has a Bachelor of Science/Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Lex McArthur
Director since 2021


Mr. McArthur joined RCF Jolimont in 2013. Prior to that, he co-founded Jolimont Capital in 2003, completing 30 technology investments. His strengths are in deal structuring, transaction negotiation and business strategies.

Lex works actively in developing growth and exit strategies with each of his investee companies and in guiding and mentoring the CEOs and senior management. He is a director of indurad GmbH, and was a director of Blast Movement Technologies, sold to Hexagon Mining in 2020, and Minnovare, sold to Hexagon Mining in 2022.

Prior to founding Jolimont Capital, Lex was CEO of ADI, a technology seed investor whose shareholders included Ernst & Young. Previously, he was CEO of Emerge CMC Ltd, a joint venture between leading IT vendors including Oracle, NEC, Telstra and four major universities to commercialize online and multimedia business applications.

Lex’s professional experience and contacts span a range of industry sectors including investment, IT, and mining. It includes two start-up IT businesses that Lex founded and operated between 1992 and 1996. His mining industry experience includes time as a Mining Engineer at Mt Isa in Queensland.

Lex has a B. Eng. (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Post Grad Dip in Mineral Economics and is a FINSIA Associate.

Thomas Rissman
Director since 2011


Mr. Rissman works as a corporate lawyer headquarted in Chicago, Illinois. He currently serves on the boards of several companies working in the surface transportation industry in North America.

In addition to Railveyor, Mr. Rissman has served as a director of numerous public and private companies, including Electro-Motive Diesel, Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation, English Welsh & Scottish Railways, Tranz Rail Holdings, Australian Transport Network, Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad, Gateway Western Railroad, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, Hallcrest, ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, and Excalibur Technology Corporation.

  • 1979: Graduated from Cornell University
  • 1982: Graduated from the Law School at the University of Chicago

Meet the Team

  • Jim Hawkins
    Chief Executive Officer

    Jim Hawkins
    Chief Executive Officer


    With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Hawkins has held executive leadership positions in the functional areas of Engineering, New Product Development, Sales & Marketing, Dealer Administration, and Product Management.

    Prior to Railveyor, Jim acted as the General Manager of the MineStar technology business for Caterpillar. In that role, he was responsible for the development, sales, implementation, and operation and support of technologies developed for the Mining industry to aid customers in enhancing their safety while increasing their productivity and efficiency. Notably, he led the organization to develop and commercialize autonomy for mobile equipment, creating unparalleled customer value.

    He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and completed a Caterpillar sponsored Executive Leadership program at Stanford University. He has lived and worked around the world.

  • Annie Taillon, CPA-CA & CEPA
    VP of Finance

    Annie Taillon, CPA-CA & CEPA
    VP of Finance


    Annie Taillon brings 20 years of accounting experience to Railveyor, the first 13 years in public accounting and 7 years in industry. Prior to working at Railveyor, she was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and VP, Finance at Wainbee Limited, a top provider of engineered systems, products and services for motion & control and industrial automation. She also notably served as Director of Finance at SBE Canada Limited, a centralized reverse logistics cellphone repair centre.

    Annie is a Chartered Professional Accountant of Canada (CPA-CA), as well as a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA). She graduated with a BBMA from Ryerson University. In the scope of her work, cash flow management is often a top priority, as well as reviewing and making recommendations on potential acquisitions – all towards the goal of improving profitability and resilience.

  • Stephen Heighway
    Vice President, Procurement & Logistics

    Stephen Heighway
    Vice President, Procurement & Logistics


    Stephen has been with Railveyor for 5 years and has spent his career in heavy manufacturing.

  • Russ Pietila
    Vice President, Product Development

    Russ Pietila
    Vice President, Product Development


    Russ holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University with 22 years of experience focused in the machine design and manufacturing. He has worked for Rail-Veyor for 16 years, the first 12 years as a supplier, joined RVTG in Oct 2017. His career started as a Design Engineer in the automotive industry designing welding and assembly lines for major automobile manufacturers. Just prior to joining Railveyor, Russ was a principal in an 3D Consulting Group, LLC for 13 years working in the medical device & instrumentation, heavy equipment, and machine design industries. The customer base included several repeat customers that manufactured and marketed: welding and assembly equipment, manufacturing equipment, concrete laser screeds, heavy duty gearboxes, Pilates exercise equipment, and spinal implants and instrumentation along with RVTG’s material haulage system.

  • Curtis Reay
    Vice President, Operations

    Curtis Reay
    Vice President, Operations


    Curtis has been working on Railveyor projects since 2007, originally managing the construction of the test site in Sudbury and progressing along with the company to become Construction Supervisor, then Construction Manager of all projects and now VP of Operations. He brings a wealth of firsthand experience in constructability, installation, commissioning, hand over and customer support. With multiple safety certifications globally, he helps keep people safe, customers happy and projects running smoothly.

    Curtis obtained an Industrial Mechanical Maintenance Millwright Degree in 2005.

  • Matt Walton
    Vice President, Sales

    Matt Walton
    Vice President, Sales


    Matt brings a unique toolbox of creative and technical problem-solving skills to understand customer needs and partner with them through the life of their Railveyor system. In the prototyping and marketing field for ConceptWorks Inc.,

    Matt championed experiential marketing projects featuring Caterpillar, Amazon, Fetch, Indian Motorcycle, and Mazda. Matt received his degree in Mathematics with minors in Computer Information Systems and Fine Arts from Pfeiffer University to solve problems in creative ways. As a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, Matt exercised that creative problem solving in commercial Sustainable Design projects throughout the United States for over 20 years.

    Believing strongly that Railveyor is the sustainable material haulage solution for the future of mining, Matt works closely with his team to accurately convey to customers how Railveyor offers greatly reduced emissions, enhanced safety and increased profitability.

    He works remotely from his home just a quick drive from the Lake Michigan shoreline of Central Wisconsin. On many weekends you can find Matt in the stands at a soccer field or hockey rink somewhere in the U.S., cheering on one of his three kids.

  • Tim Wiitanen
    Vice President, Project Engineering

    Tim Wiitanen
    Vice President, Project Engineering


    Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineer degree with 27 years of experience in the engineering field. He joined RVTG in October of 2017 as Manager, Systems Design and Engineering. In April of 2019 he was promoted to Director, and in April of 2021 promoted to his current position. Prior to his hiring at RVTG, he was a General Member of 3D Consulting Group, LLC, which provided RVTG with engineering services since RVTG’s start up. During this time, he was also involved with projects in many different industries including automotive and medical tooling. He also spent 2-1/2 years as a liaison engineer working in the defense industry working on military aircraft with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

  • Lisa Youngblood
    Vice President, Marketing & Communications

    Lisa Youngblood
    Vice President, Marketing & Communications


    Lisa Youngblood brings over 25 years of Communications experience to Railveyor focusing on brand awareness and technology-driven marketing initiatives. She is responsible for leading marketing initiatives including developing the strategic vision, messages, and objectives of the brand.

    Prior to this, Lisa was a Marketing Consultant to Railveyor and other OEMs from 2018 to 2020. She Prior to working with the Railveyor team, Lisa held various positions of leadership in hospitality, non-profit organizations, education, and television, all with a focus on visually communicating brand messaging. Lisa has a degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

    Follow Lisa on Twitter: @LisaYoungblood

  • Rabiga Omarova
    Senior Consultant, International Business Development

    Rabiga Omarova
    Senior Consultant, International Business Development


    Rabi focuses on Railveyor’s international business development ventures, bringing a great amount of experience working with mining companies headquartered in former CIS countries. Her expertise in financial analysis combined with familiarity with specific cultural and operational realities offers a pragmatic and reasoned perspective as we explore customer opportunities. She works to become a respected partner with her customers, earning and maintaining trust at every step of the project.

    Rabi graduated with a degree in Finance from Michigan State University. She previously worked as a Financial Analyst and department leader at JSC Tau-Ken, national mining company in Kazakhstan. Immediately prior to Railveyor, she worked as Project Development leader at Kazzinc and aided the acquisition and deployment of a Railveyor system in the Dolinny mine.

Leadership Team


 

Jim Hawkins
Chief Executive Officer


With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Hawkins has held executive leadership positions in the functional areas of Engineering, New Product Development, Sales & Marketing, Dealer Administration, and Product Management.

Prior to Railveyor, Jim acted as the General Manager of the MineStar technology business for Caterpillar. In that role, he was responsible for the development, sales, implementation, and operation and support of technologies developed for the Mining industry to aid customers in enhancing their safety while increasing their productivity and efficiency. Notably, he led the organization to develop and commercialize autonomy for mobile equipment, creating unparalleled customer value.

He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and completed a Caterpillar sponsored Executive Leadership program at Stanford University. He has lived and worked around the world.

Annie Taillon, CPA-CA & CEPA
VP of Finance


Annie Taillon brings 20 years of accounting experience to Railveyor, the first 13 years in public accounting and 7 years in industry. Prior to working at Railveyor, she was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and VP, Finance at Wainbee Limited, a top provider of engineered systems, products and services for motion & control and industrial automation. She also notably served as Director of Finance at SBE Canada Limited, a centralized reverse logistics cellphone repair centre.

Annie is a Chartered Professional Accountant of Canada (CPA-CA), as well as a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA). She graduated with a BBMA from Ryerson University. In the scope of her work, cash flow management is often a top priority, as well as reviewing and making recommendations on potential acquisitions – all towards the goal of improving profitability and resilience.

Stephen Heighway
Vice President, Procurement & Logistics


Stephen has been with Railveyor for 5 years and has spent his career in heavy manufacturing.

Russ Pietila
Vice President, Product Development


Russ holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University with 22 years of experience focused in the machine design and manufacturing. He has worked for Rail-Veyor for 16 years, the first 12 years as a supplier, joined RVTG in Oct 2017. His career started as a Design Engineer in the automotive industry designing welding and assembly lines for major automobile manufacturers. Just prior to joining Railveyor, Russ was a principal in an 3D Consulting Group, LLC for 13 years working in the medical device & instrumentation, heavy equipment, and machine design industries. The customer base included several repeat customers that manufactured and marketed: welding and assembly equipment, manufacturing equipment, concrete laser screeds, heavy duty gearboxes, Pilates exercise equipment, and spinal implants and instrumentation along with RVTG’s material haulage system.

Curtis Reay
Vice President, Operations


Curtis has been working on Railveyor projects since 2007, originally managing the construction of the test site in Sudbury and progressing along with the company to become Construction Supervisor, then Construction Manager of all projects and now VP of Operations. He brings a wealth of firsthand experience in constructability, installation, commissioning, hand over and customer support. With multiple safety certifications globally, he helps keep people safe, customers happy and projects running smoothly.

Curtis obtained an Industrial Mechanical Maintenance Millwright Degree in 2005.

Matt Walton
Vice President, Sales


Matt brings a unique toolbox of creative and technical problem-solving skills to understand customer needs and partner with them through the life of their Railveyor system. In the prototyping and marketing field for ConceptWorks Inc.,

Matt championed experiential marketing projects featuring Caterpillar, Amazon, Fetch, Indian Motorcycle, and Mazda. Matt received his degree in Mathematics with minors in Computer Information Systems and Fine Arts from Pfeiffer University to solve problems in creative ways. As a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, Matt exercised that creative problem solving in commercial Sustainable Design projects throughout the United States for over 20 years.

Believing strongly that Railveyor is the sustainable material haulage solution for the future of mining, Matt works closely with his team to accurately convey to customers how Railveyor offers greatly reduced emissions, enhanced safety and increased profitability.

He works remotely from his home just a quick drive from the Lake Michigan shoreline of Central Wisconsin. On many weekends you can find Matt in the stands at a soccer field or hockey rink somewhere in the U.S., cheering on one of his three kids.

Tim Wiitanen
Vice President, Project Engineering


Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineer degree with 27 years of experience in the engineering field. He joined RVTG in October of 2017 as Manager, Systems Design and Engineering. In April of 2019 he was promoted to Director, and in April of 2021 promoted to his current position. Prior to his hiring at RVTG, he was a General Member of 3D Consulting Group, LLC, which provided RVTG with engineering services since RVTG’s start up. During this time, he was also involved with projects in many different industries including automotive and medical tooling. He also spent 2-1/2 years as a liaison engineer working in the defense industry working on military aircraft with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

Lisa Youngblood
Vice President, Marketing & Communications


Lisa Youngblood brings over 25 years of Communications experience to Railveyor focusing on brand awareness and technology-driven marketing initiatives. She is responsible for leading marketing initiatives including developing the strategic vision, messages, and objectives of the brand.

Prior to this, Lisa was a Marketing Consultant to Railveyor and other OEMs from 2018 to 2020. She Prior to working with the Railveyor team, Lisa held various positions of leadership in hospitality, non-profit organizations, education, and television, all with a focus on visually communicating brand messaging. Lisa has a degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Follow Lisa on Twitter: @LisaYoungblood

Rabiga Omarova
Senior Consultant, International Business Development


Rabi focuses on Railveyor’s international business development ventures, bringing a great amount of experience working with mining companies headquartered in former CIS countries. Her expertise in financial analysis combined with familiarity with specific cultural and operational realities offers a pragmatic and reasoned perspective as we explore customer opportunities. She works to become a respected partner with her customers, earning and maintaining trust at every step of the project.

Rabi graduated with a degree in Finance from Michigan State University. She previously worked as a Financial Analyst and department leader at JSC Tau-Ken, national mining company in Kazakhstan. Immediately prior to Railveyor, she worked as Project Development leader at Kazzinc and aided the acquisition and deployment of a Railveyor system in the Dolinny mine.

Our History

Railveyor: A Dream Forestalled is
Now a Model of Mining Efficiency


At this writing in 2021, it has been over a decade since the first commercial application of the Railveyor system was installed at the Phakisa Mine in South Africa (2007). At that site, and at a growing number of other successful installations worldwide, Railveyor Materials Handling systems have hauled many millions of tons of material – making our client mining operations more efficient, cleaner and more profitable along the way. It may look easy looking back over our accomplishments now, but to suggest the road to Railveyor’s success was an easy one would be to ignore significant challenges overcome in the years between.

In fact, the development and commercialization of Railveyor was sparked and enabled by the perseverance of a passionate inventor, survived the tragic passing of an instrumental entrepreneur and was finally catalyzed by a tireless, inspired businessperson.

The first attempt to combine rail and conveyor technology in mine hauling applications was dreamt up at a French state railroad company (SECCAM) in the 1960s. Unfortunately, since the mechanical applications developed at that time required significant improvements and the sophisticated software that drives Railveyor’s modern system was decades from reality, the initial French experiment was destined for obscurity.

A seminal date came at the turn of the millennium when Michigan Tech graduate and engineer Mike Dibble secured a grant from the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research (FIPR) to build, test and demonstrate a system of his design called “Rail-Veyor.”

Although this “backyard” demo system was far smaller in scale than today’s fully commercialized applications, within a few trial runs it proved that the concept of combining rail and conveyors into a single system could remarkably improve energy efficiency in material transport.

Dibble’s academic efforts led to the world’s first commercial installation of Railveyor at Harmony Gold’s Phakisa Mine in South Africa in 2007 – which quickly proved successful, reducing operating costs by a third or more.

Around that time, Mike Dibble enlisted the aid of Canadian entrepreneur Risto Laamanen, who incorporated the business, secured global distribution rights and set up a second test site with Vale S.A. at the Frood Stobie mine in Sudbury, Ontario in 2008. More impressive results there led to a third site at Vale’s Copper Cliff Mine, which became operational in 2012. Tragically, just as the momentum of the business was gaining, Risto Laamanen passed away suddenly in 2009. His passing left majority ownership in Rail-Veyor Technologies Global to his family.

A relative of Risto Laamanen’s had worked with self-taught engineer and successful businessperson Jim Fisk at Electromotive Diesel (later acquired by CAT). As the Railveyor company sat in a state of uncertainty, Jim Fisk flew to Sudbury to observe the test site.

“When I first laid eyes on Railveyor and the engineers told me the energy it was using to move the payload, I didn’t believe them,” laughed Fisk. “I pulled out my calculator and ran the numbers. The result was still unbelievable – I thought I must have entered a wrong value somewhere. But I ran it twice more and the numbers checked out. I’ve been on board ever since, knowing that as good as the system was then – it could be improved and made even more efficient.”

A year later, Jim Fisk became Chairman of the Board of Railveyor. Since that time, multiple commercial applications have successfully been installed in sites as far flung as South America, Kazakhstan and Missouri. Along the way, the Railveyor team has tackled challenges at individual sites, adapting their processes to local conditions and further improving the product – see how in our Case Studies.

“The mining industry talks about how it pursues ‘innovation’,” says Fisk, “But often what they really mean is ‘continuous improvement.’ Traditionally, it’s about small, incremental changes that add up to a gradual progress, not truly revolutionary innovation.”

“Railveyor, as it exists now, represents a a true revolution in bulk material handling technology,” he said. “And that is not hyperbole. The savings we make possible can not only make mines significantly more more efficient and profitable – they can literally save some operations from closure. When you consider that materials handling can make up about 80% of any given mine’s operational costs – well, do the math.”

“And, we’re far from finished,” he continued. “We’re always looking for new ways to improve the system. The best way to find those opportunities is to closely partner with our customers, addressing their unique operational needs in practical, concrete ways that lead to real-world results. Of course, we always strive to go above and beyond and deliver unexpected improvements and surprising solutions.”

With its conceptual roots stretching back to a past when its developers were largely unaware of the challenges of the present, Railveyor is a big step into the future of bulk material handling for the mining industry – and likely other industries, as well. With decades of hard work and ingenuity applied to a novel system, Railveyor offers an ESG-friendly solution that dramatically improves efficiency and profitability. Contact us today to take that step into the future of material handling technology.

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