Iron Mining Association

Minnesota iron’s place in the green movement

By IMA President Kelsey Johnson for the Hometown Focus Let’s face it. Everyone wants to preserve the environment for future generations which has led people and companies to make “green” the buzz word of 2019. For most people, “being green” means that they are careful and conscientious of their daily choices. Minerals—where and how they […]


Minnesota iron contributes to record high state exports

Minnesota iron contributes to record high state exports Mining and manufacturing played a key role in Minnesota’s exporting a record high of $23 billion in goods in 2018, according to a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) report released today. The report shows Minnesota rose in the ranks to be the 20th highest exporter […]


IMA excited for start of shipping season

IMA excited for start of shipping season The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) is excited to celebrate a sure sign of Spring – the start of the commercial shipping season. According to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, this week’s arrival of United States Coast Guard Cutters Alder and Mackinaw signal that the shipping season is about to commence. […]


IMA donates to local food shelves

IMA donates to local food shelves Members of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA), a trade association representing Minnesota’s iron mining industry and its supporters, have donated more than $7,000 this year to support local food shelves. This month, the association raised $2,700 and collected two boxes of food during a food drive for […]


IMA statement on Mark Phillips’ renewal as IRRRB commissioner

IMA statement on Mark Phillips’ renewal as IRRRB commissioner The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) extends its congratulations to Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) Commissioner Mark Phillips as today it was announced he will continue on in his role under Governor Tim Walz. The IRRRB was founded in 1941 and invests tax […]


Outlook good for 2018 Minnesota iron shipments

Outlook good for 2018 Minnesota iron shipments The 2018 shipping season comes to an end this week, and all indications point to a banner year for shipments of Minnesota iron. The final ships carrying Minnesota iron until spring have left the Duluth Port for North American steelmaking facilities where the ore will be made into […]


IMA statement on passing of Tom Rukavina

IMA statement on passing of Tom Rukavina The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) joins others across the state in mourning the passing of former Minnesota State Representative and St. Louis County Commissioner Tom Rukavina. Rukavina was a devoted champion of the people and area he served for more than 30 years. He was a […]


Production is up at northeastern Minnesota taconite plants

Production is up at northeastern Minnesota taconite plants Northeastern Minnesota taconite plants had a rock solid year in 2018. Iron ore pellet production at the six plants will reach 38.5 million tons this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue Minerals Tax Office. It’s a roughly 800,000-ton increase from the 37.7 million tons produced […]


New members join Iron Mining Association of MN board

New members join Iron Mining Association of MN board The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) – the trade association that represents Minnesota’s iron mines and the companies that supply goods and services to the iron mines – announced the results of its annual board elections this month at its 26th annual meeting and dinner. Incoming […]


Minnesota iron exports grow in third quarter

Minnesota iron exports grow in third quarter Minnesota’s iron mining industry contributed to an increase in state exports, according to a recent release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). According to the release, Minnesota companies exported $5.7 billion worth of manufactured, mining, and agricultural products in the third quarter of 2018 […]