Handling large construction projects is no simple task. Whether installing new equipment, transporting massive parts long distances, clearing areas while being environmentally conscious, or raising a building while fighting the elements, there are a multitude of aspects to take into consideration.
This is why it’s crucial to have an experienced professional on the job to oversee complex construction projects and ensure that everything is done to the customer’s satisfaction, and to meet demanding quality standards. Charlie Tilton, who was first brought on to help with the installation of FLSmidth’s SuperCell™ project at Rio Tinto’s Bingham Kennecott Copper Concentrator about six years ago, is such a man.
Charlie came to FLSmidth with phenomenal experience. He’s a military veteran and was decorated in his young life with two Purple Heart medals for being wounded in the line of duty. He survived his jeep being blown up by a land mine and, although he escaped with his life, he suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear and lasting damage to the other. This didn’t deter his dedication to his colleagues or country. He has continued to serve and contribute through military deployments and in the way he lives his life—both at home and at work. His efforts have earned him not only medals, but also respect and love from those who have come to know him.
Before coming to work for FLSmidth, Charlie supervised many projects that crossed paths with land management and environmental agencies—ranging from city and state to federal entities—always looking at how he could best help the company meet regulations while reducing environmental impact. These projects include running large transport pipes under rivers, drilling water wells, building power stations and shelters for equipment, moving water and electrical lines to make way for new developments, and installing some of the world’s largest mining equipment on several sites within the United States.
His supervisor, Ian Gordon, raves about Charlie’s abilities and work ethic. “His skills at on-site work make me look like a genius for hiring him,” Mr. Gordon said. “As a very wise man once said: ‘To be a good manager and succeed, you need to surround yourself with good people.’ And Charlie is definitely one of them.”
Charlie has had several construction management successes during his time at FLSmidth.
Charlie helped with the previously mentioned SuperCell project, as well as an HPGR installation and R&D testing project at the Kennecott Copper mine in Utah.
He assisted with the first construction phase of FLSmidth’s new Salt Lake City headquarters for its Mineral Processing division, which was constructed on a Superfund clean-up site.
He has been involved in flotation pilot cell testing and helped to assemble portions of FLSmidth’s state-of-the-art Minerals Testing & Research Center. He was also an instrumental member of FLSmidth’s team that installed the exciting new 600 m3 SuperCell flotation project at the Robinson Nevada Mining plant in Ely, Nevada, USA. This SuperCell™ tank and mechanism constitute the largest flotation machine in the world.
When he is able to take some time away from the complex construction projects, which often keep him on site for weeks at a time, Charlie enjoys restoring steam engines, riding and fixing motorcycles, sailing on his 22-foot sailboat and spending time with his grandchildren.
People like Charlie make a difference in the way a project comes together. By prioritizing safety and quality, Charlie ensures that the customer has complete trust and satisfaction in FLSmidth’s offerings.
CONTACT: Charlie Tilton