New Iron Ore Alliance to support mining and investment opportunities in Minnesota
ST. PAUL, MN – State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) joined Governor Mark Dayton and other state lawmakers today officially launching the Iron Ore Alliance. The Iron Ore Alliance is a joint initiative of United States Steel and the United Steeworkers. Representatives from these organizations also attended the news conference to emphasize the importance of U.S. Steel’s iron ore operations in Minnesota.
U.S. Steel has been mining iron ore in Minnesota for more than a century. With its Minntac and Keetac facilities located in northeastern Minnesota, U.S. Steel is the state’s largest iron ore producer. These operations directly employ 1,864 people and create thousands of other jobs that help communities and other companies.
“I’ve been saying this for years, we’re all in this together,” said Sen. Tomassoni. “Making an alliance like this between workers and companies is a very significant step. Quite frankly, there are all kinds of pressures on this industry that were not around decades ago.”
Additionally, the Alliance supports efforts by U.S. Steel and the United Steelworkers to protect the environment and invest in Minnesota operations. U.S. Steel operations utilize state-of-the-art technology as well as innovative methods to boost water recycling and reduce discharges and emissions.
Sen. Tomassoni also pointed out the importance of Minnesota’s iron mining not only to the state, but to the entire country. He commented, “Due to Minnesota’s iron ore mining, skyscrapers, bridges, roads and automobiles have all been built and the Iron Range has actually received credit for winning two world wars.”
Minnesota’s workers, families, communities and economy depend on the jobs, tax revenues, spending and charitable giving that are generated by Minnesota iron ore mines. This new partnership is dedicated to protecting and promoting Minnesota iron ore operations so the state’s economy grows.
“The Iron Range has employed thousands of hard working folks for more than a century,” said Sen. Tomassoni. “To see these two important organizations come together in support of Minnesota’s iron ore industry gives me a lot of hope for the survival of iron mining on the Range.”