Curry Supply Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of commercial service vehicles, has up-fitted 15 Western Star trucks for a gold mining operation in South America, in particular for projects based in Guyana.
Guyana is in the northeast of South America, with the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Venezuela in the west, Suriname to the southeast and Brazil to the south. Guyana has a tropical climate, which can damage most vehicles that are not equipped for the heat and high precipitation.
“Sierra Freightliner approached us with the challenge,” says Rick Romney, Western Regional Manager for Curry Supply Company.
“The operation required heavy duty trucks properly up-fitted to meet the rigors of the humid tropical environment. In addition, the trucks needed to be shipped to Guyana, so access to a port was required. Our long-standing relationship and ability to install and service from our Houston location assisted with becoming the preferred up-fitting partner.”
The order included six 6x6 straight flatbed trucks designed to haul 20-foot-long ISO containers weighing 30t. As well as five 6x6, 7 000-gallon (approx. 26 000 liters) fuel tankers, and four 6x6 dump trucks with Curry Supply Ox dump bodies.
“We really appreciated the swift and thorough support that Curry Supply provided throughout the entire process,” said Sierra Freightliner’s Sales Manager, Jim Pescitelli.
Due to the great distances between the mine and the fuel and supply stations, the fuel and flatbed truck will play a crucial role in keeping the mine running by running these routes daily. To keep this process as easy as possible, the operation will need to keep the roads well-maintained, so as to save money on fuel and truck maintenance.
“Guyana has a tropical climate and there is generally a good amount of rainfall throughout the year. The roads are not paved and consist of dirt and mud,” says Romney.
“This required Curry to upfit four- 6x6 heavy off-road trucks with Ox dump bodies. These trucks are perfectly suited for maintaining the roads in this environment.”
Curry’s Houston, Texas facility executed the upfit order.
“A key benefit of Curry Supply is our export capabilities. Our manufacturing facility in Texas is about 6 miles from the port. We can easily upfit and then export our products around the world from this location,” states Jason Ritchey, President/Owner, Curry Supply.