Simmons Equipment Company announces the addition of two new hires to their engineering staff. Simmons Equipment CEO Matt Simmons stated, “We are excited to add two talented engineers to our growing team further bolstering what we feel is a great strength of the company. These engineers bring over 60 combined years of experience in the mining machinery business to their positions. We look forward to what the future holds as we continue to develop the most innovative and efficient machinery in the industry.”

Ken Matney joins Simmons Equipment Company to serve as Senior Electrical Engineer responsible for managing and supporting the electrical design team.

Matney brings over 30 years of experience in electrical systems for mining equipment from his prior work with Simmons-Rand, Long-Airdox, DBT, Bucyrus, and Caterpillar. He has vast experience in electrically propelled equipment design and is experienced in equipment design solutions including product development, electrical design engineering, software development, vehicle calculations, testing, validation, and mechanical design of electrical enclosures. Matney has previously managed an electrical design team as well as conducted training in the field. His experience includes managing machine and component certifications and approvals at US and international standards.


Jeff Looney joins Simmons Equipment Company to serve as Senior Design Engineer responsible for the development and execution of mining equipment design programs.

Looney has over 30 years of experience in mining and industrial equipment roles from his prior work with Simmons-Rand, Long-Airdox, DBT, Bucyrus, Caterpillar, and Trackmobile. He possesses senior-level experience including management of multiple product lines. Looney has also received advanced training in 3D modeling software and various FEA software for conducting structural analysis of mechanical assemblies. He has had multi-discipline (mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical) design responsibility for 20+ new machine models as well as receiving recognition for five patents. 

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