Getman Corporation’s beginning in the mining industry started in 1954 with a small motorized wheelbarrow called the Scoot-Crete. Manufactured at the time by Getman Brother’s Construction Company, the most common application for the Scoot-Crete was transporting concrete in municipal construction works ranging from parking ramps to road works and—perhaps most famously—to the construction of the Mackinac Bridge (in Northern Michigan, USA) between 1954 – 1957.
During the 1950s the Scoot-Crete gained popularity in construction applications throughout the United States. In 1954 the wide-spread popularity of the product led a Colorado uranium miner to modify a Getman Scoot-Crete for use in his underground mine, replacing the mule-drawn cart system that was popular in trackless Western mines at the time.
The Scoot-Crete concept proved to be a simple and effective solution in mining. Over the remainder of that decade Getman Brothers Construction focused on developing various new adaptations of the Scoot-Crete that resulted in one of the first trackless diesel powered underground product lines made.
Following the successful entrance into underground mining in the 1950s, the Getman range of underground mining machines proliferated in the 1960s and 1970s, including numerous industry firsts:
- First ever rubber tired drill jumbo carrier launched in the early 1960s
- First ever Explosives Charging (ExC) launched in the early 1960s
- First ever Mechanical Scaler launched in the 1970s
In the 1970s the A64 product range was launched. Over time it has grown to become the backbone of Getman’s modern day product line as well as one of the prolific machines in underground hard rock mining. Over the years we have delivered thousands of A64 products to hundreds of underground mines throughout the world.
Throughout the 1970s, sales continued to expand, and by the early 1980s, the company would relocate from its riverside factory in South Haven, Michigan to its current headquarters in Bangor, Michigan. The first unit from the Bangor facility would be commissioned late in 1981.
The years following the opening of the new factory in Bangor included some of the leanest in the history of the industry, as global demand for metals cooled and the demand for mining equipment cooled with it. The organization, however, met the slow-down with resilience and innovation. The 1980s saw the company expand into new markets internationally as well as the development of the LRD and RDG product lines, marking the entrance into the underground coal market.
By the late 2000s and into the early 2010s, increases in global demand for Getman product resulted in multiple expansions of the Bangor factory, as well as the launching of the Kalamazoo factory in early 2013.
Primed for growth, recent activities have focused on expanding the product portfolio to include the Shotcrete and Remixer product lines, along with further additions to the A64 and Scaler product lines. Simultaneously the past five years have seen expansion into more and more new markets with an ultimate goal of finalizing a global distribution network that ensures our products are supported anywhere there is underground mining.
Turn the page into the present time, the foundation is laid for sustainable, long-term growth as we continue to build on our heritage of leading the way in underground mining. We look forward to putting our 60 years of experience into every piece of equipment we design and manufacture.