Magnetation to Build New Iron Ore Pellet Plant in Indiana

Noria news wires
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Magnetation LLC recently announced that it has selected Reynolds, Ind., as the site to build its new iron ore pellet plant. The new facility will produce high-quality iron ore pellets, a critical raw material in the steel-making process.

Magnetation anticipates breaking ground during the first quarter of 2013. The plant is expected to become operational in late 2014 or early 2015 and employ approximately 100 to 120 people.

"With convenient access to major railways and highways, Reynolds is an outstanding location for the company's new pellet plant," said Larry Lehtinen, CEO of Magnetation. "We thank our local and state officials in Indiana for their ongoing support of our company, and we look forward to joining the Reynolds community in the very near future."

Magnetation will transport iron ore concentrate from its mineral recovery operations in northern Minnesota to its new plant in Reynolds. The concentrate will be converted into high-quality iron ore pellets for use by AK Steel Corporation.

Magnetation expects the new pellet plant will require a capital investment of approximately $300 to $350 million, with additional iron ore concentrate capacity to be constructed in northern Minnesota requiring another estimated $120 million investment.

A joint venture between Magnetation Inc. and AK Steel Corporation, Magnetation LLC reclaims high-quality iron ore concentrate from previously abandoned iron ore waste stockpiles and tailings basins. Currently, the company owns and operates two reclamation plants located in Keewatin, Minn., and Taconite, Minn. Two additional concentrate reclamation plants are expected to be constructed northwest of Coleraine, Minn., and southeast of Calumet, Minn.

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