ERP Iron Ore Secures Customer, Focuses on Restart of Grand Rapids Plant

March 03, 2017 06:36 PM

A positive update on Friday from the owner of ERP Iron Ore, Tom Clarke, a Virginia-businessman who's purchased the former Magnetation assets.

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"I signed an agreement this week for concentrate, and need to start delivering in May," he said over the phone. "It will be three trains a month, so it's small, but it's a start. It gets all the systems up and running and everything."

So Clarke and his team have to get going. There are teams on the ground in Grand Rapids at Plant 4 and in Reynolds, Indiana, at the pellet plant, preparing for a restart. The facilities have been shutdown since last fall, when a bankruptcy court approved the end of Magnetation. 

Some of the people back on site are former employees of Magnetation, according to Clarke.

Clarke anticipates needing to hire about 100 people for Plant 4. "There will be a website soon, where people can apply."

He told us there's also a contractor on site too. As for the plants being union shops, he said that hasn't come up yet, but he would welcome that conversation. "I believe 7 out of 9 of our facilities are union, and we have United Steelworkers and United Mine Workers."

Clarke gets a progress report each day about what's happening at the plants, and said it's exciting. He said they are participating in regional meetings too, to get their name out there.


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