In 1975, Robert (Bob) Graf founded American Mine Research, Inc. (AMR) to support the U.S. coal mining industry’s need for enhanced safety and productivity through the development of the pilotless ground check monitor. Located in Rocky Gap, VA, AMR has since sold over 50,000 circuits of the pilotless monitor throughout the world. Over the past 40+ years, AMR has continued to expand its product and service offerings to serve not only the U.S. coal mining industry, but also the metal/nonmetal mining, tunneling, quarry/aggregates, oil and gas, water/wastewater, aquaculture and general industries across the globe. Where required, AMR’s monitoring, control and communications products are US and internationally approved, and always designed with the mindset of the ground monitor’s original charge: improve our customer’s operational safety, productivity and efficiency.In November of 2016, AMR acquired the PEMCO Corporation, located in nearby Bluefield, VA. Founded in 1960 and a longtime customer of AMR, PEMCO began by manufacturing DC power supplies, rectifiers, and AC/DC products for the U.S. coal mining industry. PEMCO built a reputation of electrical excellence in the coal industry, and similar to AMR, diversified into the metal/nonmetal mining, oil and gas, utility, power generation, transit, and nuclear industries. Over the years, AMR and PEMCO developed a solid relationship, with AMR supplying its ground monitors, electronic circuit breakers and remote racking systems for use in PEMCO’s mining power centers. Since its inception, PEMCO has and continues to be known for its reliable, robust and custom electrical solutions.
Collectively, AMR PEMCO now offers: ground check/fault monitors, electronic circuit breakers, speed sensors and tip switches, atmospheric (gas) monitoring, wireless communications, personnel/equipment tracking, and collision avoidance systems, power centers, substations, dry-type transformers, industrial control buildings, and power distribution/PLC panels. The combined strength of AMR PEMCO’s management, engineering, and sales teams provide our customers with an unparalleled experience by leveraging AMR’s global sales network and electronics expertise with PEMCO’s extensive electrical knowledge and high quality craftsmanship.
AMR PEMCO has an extensive and established distribution network located throughout the United States. Internationally, our sales team is further augmented by local distributors and agents located in Canada, Mexico, Africa, South America and India. AMR PEMCO operates two modern facilities: a 31,000 sq. ft. facility in Rocky Gap, VA, just off I-77, and a 120,000 sq. ft. facility located in Bluefield, VA.
Further supporting AMR PEMCO, the Graf Family owns East River Metals, Inc. (ERM) and Custom Manufacturing, Inc. (CMS), located in Rocky Gap, VA and Princeton, WV, respectively. CMS and ERM (www.cmserm.com) provide precision sheet metal fabrication and turnkey electro-mechanical assembly services to AMR PEMCO as well as to a wide variety of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) across North America. Industries in which CMS/ERM’s customers operate include: home and commercial appliance, power distribution, heating and cooling, mining, medical, oil and gas, fitness, and data centers. CMS and ERM operate from three facilities collectively totaling over 150,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing, and warehouse space.
Bob Graf (CEO), and his two sons, David (President, Pictured Right) and Richard (Production Manager for PEMCO, Pictured Left), are intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the family’s four companies. We continue to focus on their growth and success, and are most proud of the companies’ talented employees, our diversified and successful customer base, and the high quality products we manufacture. AMR PEMCO truly is your Proven Partner in Technology.
AMR PEMCO is a leader in reliable communications, monitoring, safety and control products for industry. Our effective and affordable solutions enhance productivity while making the workplace safer.