In 1884, Joseph Francis Joy was 12 years old and starting work at a coalmine in Maryland, USA. As he got older, he started teaching himself mechanical engineering by a mail-order course, and experimenting with ideas for coalmining machinery. This early start in mining would lead to Joseph creating Joy Mining Machinery, a company that is now a global leader in underground high-productivity mining more than 100 years later.

Today, Joy Global produces underground and surface mining machinery and systems, supplying many countries worldwide through a direct service model. Jason Savage is the president of the Australasian branch of Joy Global, which originated in the 1950s. Jason has worked for Joy for his entire career. “I started with Joy in South Africa when I was pretty young and worked in the electrical engineering environment studying and working in parallel until I earned my masters degree,” Jason says.