Bruce Beatty has accepted appointment to the position of product and business development manager, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and raisebore for Atlas Copco Construction Mining Technique USA LLC, effective July 18. In his new role, Beatty will report directly to Gene Mattila, business line manager, rock drilling tools.

Beatty had been serving as a product specialist in shaft, HDD and tunneling techniques for Atlas Copco’s Secoroc division. There he developed and established the current HDD program that he introduced globally on behalf of Atlas Copco Secoroc. He also provided technical and sales support and training to Atlas Copco customer centers throughout the world. Beatty has a total of 30 years’ experience in down-hole tooling for the mining and construction industries.

“As we expand our presence and products into these specialty drilling business segments, Bruce's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm will benefit company and customers alike,” states Mattila.

Beatty will be focusing on HDD shaft and raiseboring products for underground construction and mining. The Atlas Copco HDD program, pioneered by Beatty, consists of a matched set of rock drill tooling comprised of hard-rock pilot bits and hard-rock hole openers.