The P&H, Joy and Montabert brands have a long and illustrious history in the mining industry. We pay homage to the generations of men and women who helped build these great brands and innovate mining. We know that our history is the foundation of our future.
Alonzo Pawling and Henry Harnischfeger found Pawling & Harnischfeger Machine and Pattern Shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
When recession cools the demand for overhead cranes, the company begins to develop a product line that includes earth-moving machines.
Develops a line of earth-moving machines for construction and mining operations.
Becomes Harnischfeger Corporation.
Launches the Model 206 Excavator - the first in a long line of best-selling shovels for mining.
Is one of the first manufacturers to apply all-welded design and fabrication to its equipment.
Harnischfeger Fund is started with $50,000 from the estate of Henry Harnischfeger to support civic and cultural groups in Milwaukee.
Ramps up production of shovels, cranes, and hoists to support the World War II war effort.
Rolls out the Model 1800 electrical mining shovel; mines refer to this model as the "Pride of the Pit".
Launches the 2800 Mark I class shovel, featuring a new Electrotorque drive system, designed to meet the world's growing demand for coal, iron, and copper.
Acquires the Page Engineering walking dragline product line.
Launches the 4100C electric mining shovel. Also acquires the Gardner-Denver line of production drilling rigs.
Launches the 9020 walking dragline in Australia and the 120A blasthole drill, which becomes the preferred blasthole production rig for iron mining. Also launches a global network of regional service centres.
Launches the 4100C BOSS shovel specifically for the growing oil sands industry.
Releases Centurion - a supervisory and data acquisition system for shovels.
Launches the 320XPC Centurion-class heavy-duty drilling rig.
Launches PreVail machine health monitoring system.
Joseph Joy founds Joy Machine Company in Evansville, Indiana; receives a patent for a mechanical loader.
Joy debuts the first mechanical loader (model 4BU).
Ships its first shuttle car (Model 2ET-1D).
Merges with Sullivan Machinery Company and LeDel Conveyor and Manufacturing Company.
Produces its first continuous miner (Model 3JCM) and reveals the high-seam shuttle car (model 10SC).
Introduces the low-seam shuttle car (model 21SC).
Launches high-seam (12CM series) and low-seam (14CM series) continuous miners.
Unveils its first longwall shearer (model 1LS).
Produces its first flexible conveyor train (model 1FCT-3BH).
Creates a low-seam shearer (model 4LS).
Develops a high-seam shearer (model 6LS).
10SC shuttle car.
Harnischfeger Industries purchases Joy Mining Machinery.
Purchases Longwall International. Launches its first high-seam, high-voltage continuous miner. Develops its first VFD shearer (model 7LS).
Introduces three new machines, including the mid-seam high-voltage continuous miner (model 14CM27), and ships its 5000th continuous miner.
Introduces its thinnest VFD shearer (model 7LS1A).
Develops a high production flexible conveyor train (model 4FCT).
Develops Optidrive for use in shearers, continuous miners and flexible conveyor trains. Introduces machine-to-surface communications for room and pillar operations.
Introduces the Wethead system for continuous miner cutterheads.
Purchases the Stamler Group. Introduces the Faceboss control system.
Launches the 4170C mobile mining crusher.
Opens its first Smart Services centre in South Africa.
Joannes Montabert founds Montabert S.A in Lyon, France, as a manufacturer of pneumatic equipment.
Suzanne Montabert leads an expansion of the product line and adds the Joy-Sullivan line of products.
Roger Montabert, managing director, initiates new product engineering through the creation of a Research and Development Department.
Creates Export Department and Montabert subsidiaries around Europe.
Introduces the first parallel boom assembly for underground drilling, known as the “burn cut” method.
Pioneers the first ever hand-held jackhammer powered by hydraulics. The transition from pneumatic to hydraulics led to more advancements in the hydraulics industry.
Introduces the first hydraulic rock breaker, BRH500, that could be attached to an excavator, beginning a successful hydraulic rock breaker product line. The hydraulic rock breaker became available worldwide.
Launches the world’s first hydraulic out-of-the-hole drifter.
Develops a custom tunneling solution, using multiple booms on multiple drilling rigs, which allows simultaneous rock breaking in a semi-circular pattern.
Introduces its first variable breaker. The full variable breaker product line now includes eight models, which are the only 15-speed breakers in the world.
Introduces the BRV 65 model.
Introduces the SC range of light breakers for compact carriers.
Launches the Blue Line/N-Series, a value based rock breaker line for lighter duty applications.
Purchases LeTourneau Technologies.
Purchases IMM in China.
P&H Mining Equipment and Joy Mining Machinery become Joy Global. The surface equipment is branded P&H and the underground equipment is branded Joy.
Purchases MTI in Canada.
Purchases Montabert in France.
Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd. completes its acquisition of Joy Global Inc., adding the P&H, Joy and Montabert brands to Komatsu’s offerings.