WHY A DREDGE FROM CUSTOM DREDGE WORKS (CDW)?
Ryan: “We took several field trips to different mining operations to look at the dredges out there, which were built by all of the major dredge manufacturers. It was just very clear to us that CDW was incredibly accommodating and were genuinely interested in understanding our needs and building a dredge that suited us. The feeling we had from other manufacturers was, “this is what we offer and this what we are going to build you.” They tried to push us to what they want to build, for example pushing us towards a Cutterhead when we really wanted a Chain-ladder. We liked the prior dredges that CDW had built that we were able to view. Very impressive, and their clients were very happy with their dredge and the ongoing support they receive.”
Jerry Gunter: “Since we were looking to have a long-term relationship with our dredge manufacturer that might last 25 years or more, we wanted to make sure it was going to be good. Do you want to be married to somebody who is easy to work with and who listens to you or someone who is difficult to get along with?
CDW seemed like they were willing to work with us, and we did not get that sense at all from the other dredge builders.”
Ryan: “Downtime is critical! We were impressed with the amount of parts that CDW keeps in inventory should we need anything from them.”
“In regards to the dredge assembly and launch, their lead launch foreman came to our mine location and said “This is what I need to put your dredge together. And this is where we need to build the ramp, etc.” He just planned out everything for us. The Assembly and Launch was extremely well advised and planned and went very smoothly.”
John Jones, President of Custom Dredge Works, had this to say about Winter Brothers: “The guys at Winter Bros are great guys! Salt of the earth! We are very happy and proud that we were given the opportunity to provide them with this new electric dredge. We have worked very hard on our end to design and build for them a world-class Flag Ship Dredge that they can be proud of and that will continue to insure their place as a dominant force in the St. Louis Aggregate