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OCT 2014

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This edition of Quarry Stories is actually an outside contribution, but it is worth noting, I have my own Gold Rush story. At the 2013 AGG1 Show, I met Parker Schn- abel and "Dozer Dave" Turin at a rooftop reception in San Antonio. The sponsor of the event, KPI-JCI, had an instant camera set up and a variety of hats available so you could take goofy photos. We got a photo with Dozer Dave, who was clearly having too much fun. But when I asked whether the equipment they used was for real or props, he got very serious. "It's all real, and it has to work," he told me. "There is too much at stake." Following is Jimmy Siler's story. – Mark Kuhar D uring the fourth season of Discov‐ ery Channel's Gold Rush, which aired in October 2013, I had the unique opportunity to appear on the show when one of its stars, 19‐year‐old Parker Schnabel, opted to try Major Wire's Flex‐Mat 3 High‐Performance Screen Media to help with his wash plant's throughput challenges. By the time the season wrapped up, Flex‐Mat 3 had helped Parker more than double his gold production in just six weeks from the time they installed the new screen media. My first involvement with Parker and Gold Rush actually came about in the spring of 2013, when I got a phone call from Chris Gerondale at Construction Machinery Industrial (CMI) in Alaska. Chris said he had known Parker and his dad all his life, and he told me they were asking about "this product, Flex‐ Mat 3." They wanted to know if it could help them with production up at Parker's gold mine at Scribner Creek (in the Klondike region of Yukon Terri‐ tory, near the Alaska border). I called Parker, and we talked about his throughput issues on his wash screen and what Flex‐Mat 3 could do to help him. We discussed how the screen media's increase in open area helps in‐ crease production. Parker came down to AGG1 in San An‐ tonio, and I showed him the product. Once he saw it, he really understood how the independently vibrating wires work on Flex‐Mat 3, accelerating strat‐ ification and eliminating blinding and pegging, and he thought it could help him with his throughput problems. He liked the self‐cleaning abilities of it, and the quality of the OptimumWire it‐ self. He wanted to try it out. At that point, I called top management at Major Wire, and told them, "This will be more than a simple installation. Flex‐Mat 3 would be on Discovery Channel's Gold Rush – it's national tel‐ evision. Do we want to get involved?" They agreed that we should go, and I got ready. Off to the Klondike My first trip up to Scribner Creek was in June 2013. I was taking Flex‐Mat 3 Double‐Wire and Series D Tensioned screen media for Parker's "Little Blue" wash plant. I didn't know what to ex‐ pect. I mean, I was headed to the Arctic Circle! I flew into Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. I rented a truck, waited for the Flex‐Mat 3 panels to come in, and loaded up. The map didn't show any cities or towns until you got to Dawson City in the Yukon – about 330 miles (532 km) to the northwest. I bought food, water and a tent in Whitehorse. I also bought some 5‐gal. gas jugs and filled them with gas. I ended up having to break into all of them before I finished my ROCK products • OCTOBER 2014 www.rockproducts.com 22 QUARRY STORIES What a Rush By Jimmy Siler On The Set of Gold Rush , Product Placement and Productivity Go Hand in Hand.

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