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Frank Calandra, Jr.

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With over 50 years in the industry, Frank Calandra, Jr. is an icon in ground control technology for the mining, tunneling, Frank Calandra Jr NMHF inductee 245and civil construction industries. Passion, sweat equity, and shrewd business acumen have grown Frank Calandra, Inc. (FCI) and Jennmar from a single plant in Pennsylvania to a world-class enterprise with 25 plants employing thousands globally.  As evidenced by Calandra’s 20+ patents on ground control devices (not to mention the additional 80 patents his companies hold), his innovation and commitment to safety has made underground mines safer and more efficient. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Calandra was instrumental in upgrading ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards in roof control for both state and federal regulations. Through his work with industry associations such as the National Mining Association, National Coal Council, and the Center for Energy and Economic Development, among others, Calandra has contributed his time, expertise, and financial support to ensure a balanced political and regulatory climate for mining. In 2018, Calandra was inducted into the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame. In addition to his contribtions to the industry, Calandra supports many charitable organziations such as Children's Hospital, St. Margaret's Hospital, Presbyterian Senior Care, Madison Community College, scholarship funds, and many other organizations.  Full biography will be published after his official installment into the National Mining Hall of Fame on September 14, 2019 at the Pinnacle Club, Grand Hyatt Denver, Denver, CO.






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