Canadian Mining Journal has sadly learned that the principals of Oshawa, Ont., crusher manufacturer P.R. ENGINEERING, brothers Frank and Joe Grieco, were killed on May 17 when their small plane crashed attempting to land at an airstrip in Dunkirk, N.Y.
Flight training instructor Max Hudson was also killed in the crash.
Frank was 56, and Joe was 60. Frank served recently as chair of the CIM's Toronto branch.
Weve lost two great people today, said Jackie Fraser, who has been the office manager at P.R. Engineering for 27 years.
Paul Grieco, the late father of Frank and Joe, started P.R. Engineering in 1965 when he secured the Canadian rights to the Pennsylvania-based Birdsboro Buchanan line of jaw crushers.
Joe and Frank joined the company in 1973.
"We literally started the company at our kitchen table and built an office in the basement," Frank Grieco told The Northern Miner after his father had passed away in early 2003.
Frank will be sadly missed by his wife, Linda, and children Tracey, Shannon, Bianca, and Natalie, as well as grandchildren Blake and Aiden.
Joe is survived by his wife, Donna, and children Nicole and Mason.
CMJ and its staff extend our condolences to the family.