Tazewell, Virginia-based Simmons Equipment Co. and Caterpillar have signed an exclusive intellectual property (IP) license agreement, which grants Simmons global rights to manufacture certain soft rock (coal) mining equipment formerly produced by Cat. The agreement expands on Simmons Equipment’s existing portfolio of soft rock mining equipment and reflects a continued commitment to providing innovative solutions to the global mining market, explained Simmons Equipment President and CEO Matt Simmons.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer these proven solutions to our valued mining customers,” Simmons said. “We have a rich history with mining machinery and adding these trusted products to our growing portfolio solidifies our commitment to being a global leader in soft rock mining equipment solutions.”

The portfolio of equipment includes the CM210 Continuous Miner, CM220 Continuous Miner, Continuous Haulage Product Line, FH110 Battery Hauler, FB85 Feeder Breaker, FB140 Feeder Breaker, RB120 Roof Bolter and the complete battery Shield Hauler Product Line (SH620, SH630, SH650, and SH680). The agreement also grants Simmons Equipment nonexclusive rights to supply aftermarket spare parts and support existing Caterpillar room-and-pillar equipment.

“We are pleased that mining customers will have access to Caterpillar’s differentiated designs for low seam room and pillar equipment and aftermarket components,” Cat Group President Resource Industries Denise Johnson said. “Cat and Simmons will work together to ensure a cohesive and orderly transition.”

Beginning with the S&S Machinery Co., the Simmons family has been associated with the underground mining equipment business for more than 50 years.