West River Conveyors & Machinery Company announced last week that it has hired a new underground sales manager to further develop national and international accounts. Russ James comes with a wealth of experience in the mining industry, having spent the last nine years at FMC Technologies where he was instrumental in acquiring numerous accounts. Prior to that, James was affiliated with other mining companies including Drummond Coal, Keeton Industries and Arch Coal.

James joins West River Conveyors to continue the company’s recent efforts in expanding into the Western United States, Canada and Mexico.

James commented: "I am excited to be onboard with West River Conveyors and look forward to helping the West River team expand into the West.

"I am happy to be joining a company that is respected in the industry and prides itself on quality equipment and service."

Joe Street, VP sales and co-owner of West River Conveyors said: "Russ’ industry experience and knowledge of conveyor equipment has made him a key addition to our growing team of experienced sales people.

"I look forward to seeing the customers that Russ can bring our way. He fits into the culture that we have here at West River and that is hiring folks who are dedicated to service and quality products. I’m confident that Russ will play a key role in expanding our business into the West and bringing long-lasting clients who will be repeat customers."