CEO Lourenco Goncalves

MARQUETTE, MI--   State Representative Sara Cambensy says she’ll do what she can to assist in the reopening of the Empire Mine in Marquette County. 

In a public conference call last week Cleveland Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves said the company was close to announcing a resurgence in operations at the mine. He anticipates a significant shortage of pellets in the coming year. Cambensy says if Cliffs can find a partner to work with in filling that shortage it would be good news not only for the area but the state as a whole.

CLEVELAND, OH--   State Representative Sara Cambensy and a delegation of U.P. leaders met with Cleveland Cliffs officials in Cleveland Thursday. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Empire Mine will close at the end of 2016.

That’s the word from Cliffs Natural Resources CEO Lourenco Goncalves, who spoke at a State of the Company meeting Wednesday at Marquette’s Holiday Inn.  WLUC-TV says the closure will affect 400 employees, some of whom may go to other mines in Minnesota. 

Goncalves said Cliffs will start to wind down operations at the Empire and workers will get warning notices in the next couple of months.