August 05, 2017 07:08 PM
Vice President and ArcelorMittal Minorca Operations Manager, Jonathan Holmes says they've had a successful 40 years in operation.
"We've had a very stable operation. In the last 30 years, we've only had one production outage and that was in 2009 during the recession," said Holmes.
Saturday, some of their largest equipment was on display for their family day. There was also the chance for future generations to tour the facility and hear from the people who helped make getting to this day possible.
"It's just nice to see everyone here who I worked with for many, many years," said Gerry Golobich, a retiree from the mine. Golobich retired in 2011 with 25 years of service.
"I'm just happy that the Minorca mine is still operating," said Golobich. "They are good paying jobs and family supportive type jobs."
In its time operating, the facility has produced 100 million gross tons of pellets and has 30 years of fluxed pellet production.
"We really try to focus our pellets and our pellet quality for our customer because that's what important to them," said Holmes.
He's seen many changes in his 38 years at the mine.
"The technology has changed, our process technology. The equipment has changed, the mining equipment has gotten larger. It's gotten more sophisticated. We focus a lot on energy and reducing energy costs," Holmes added.
But he's not the only one, who has seen the changes over the years. David Zasadni started as an employee when the mine first opened.
"It seems like it (time) has flown by," said Zasadni.
He says the family atmosphere is something that hasn't changed.
"One thing about this place working here is it's good cooperation between management and union," said Zasadni. "We've got retirees here. We've got active (employees). There's alot of kids here - my grandkids were here so it's really a good thing. Hopefully, the economy keeps going and mining keeps going."
As for the future of ArcelorMittal, Holmes says it looks promising.
"Our plan is to be here for the long haul and I think as long as we do the right things to keep this place sustainable that guarantees our future," Zasadni added.
Other activities Saturday included plant tours, kids games and photo area for families.
Updated: August 05, 2017 07:08 PM
Created: August 05, 2017 07:08 PM
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