American help, the Chilean miners would still be entombed deep within the earth.
Schramm Inc. of West
Chester, Pennsylvania built the drills
and equipment used to reach the trapped miners.
Center Rock Company, also
from Pennsylvania, built the drill bits
used to reach the miners.
UPS, the US shipping company,
delivered the 13-ton drilling equipment from Pennsylvania to Chile in less than 48 hours.
Crews from Layne Christensen Company of
Wichita, Kansas, and its subsidiary Geotec Boyles Bros.worked the drills and
machinery to locate and reach the miners and then enlarge the holes to ultimately rescue them.
Jeff Hart of Denver
Colorado was called off his job drilling
water wells for the U.S. Army's forward operating bases in Afghanistan to lead the drilling crew that reached the miners.
Atlas Copco Construction Mining Company of Milwaukee,
provided consulting on how to make drilling equipment from different sources work together under differing pressure specifications.
Aries Central California
Video of Fresno, California, designed the
special cameras that were lowered nearly a mile into the ground sending back video of the miners.
Zephyr Technologies of
Annapolis, Maryland, made the remote monitors
of vital signs that miners wore during their ascent.
NASA Engineers designed the
"Phoenix" capsule that miners would
be brought to the surface in, and provided medical consulting, special diets and spandex suits to maintain miners' blood pressure as
they're brought back to the surface.
Oh, and Canadian-based Precision Drilling Corp. and
South-African company Murray & Roberts drilled backup rescue shafts in case the American rig failed. Which it