10 Outer Drive-Silver Bay,MN 55614
Northshore Mining Company is a producer of taconite pellets for producing steel. We are located on the north shore of Lake Superior at Silver Bay and have our own port for loading lake vessels. Approximately six million tons of iron ore pellets are shipped annually.
The plant start-up began in 1956 as Reserve Mining Company - originally built by Armco and Republic Steel. The facilities at the Peter Mitchell mine in Babbitt and the processing plant in Silver Bay pioneered many of the processes used in the US, 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 â€śE.W. Davis Worksâ€ť in recognition of the University of Minnesota professor who developed the processes to handle the vast resource of Minnesota low grade â€śtaconiteâ€ť iron ore. The â€śMesabiâ€ť iron range in Minnesota today supports about 80% of all iron making in the United States.
Visitors are welcome and tours are available from mid-June through early September of the plant operation, a bus tour of the facility and a walking tour of the processing section. Call the Silver Bay Tourist Information Center 218/226-3143 for reservations.