10 Outer Drive-Silver Bay,MN 55614
Northshore Mining produces iron ore pellets to make steel, which is used in the production of vehicles, appliances, airplanes and military equipment in the United States. The ore is mined in Babbitt, and transported 47 miles by rail to the plant, which is located on the north shore of Lake Superior in Silver Bay. Northshore has the capacity to produce and ship about six million iron ore pellets annually from its harbor on Lake Superior.
Northshore?s plant production began in 1956 under the ownership of Reserve Mining Company, which was operated by Armco and Republic Steel. It?s currently owned and operated by Cliffs Natural Resources. The facilities at the Peter Mitchell Mine in Babbitt and the plant in Silver Bay pioneered many of the processes used in the United States, Canada and elsewhere for the concentration of low grade iron ores for use in steel plants. The processing facilities are still referred to as the ?E.W. Davis Works,? in recognition of the University of Minnesota professor who developed the taconite production process to handle the vast resources of Minnesota?s low grade iron ore. The Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota today supports about 80% of all the iron making in the United States.
Call the Silver Bay Tourist Center to inquire about tours of Northshore Mining?s plant in Silver Bay (218) 226-6051.