Iron Mining Association

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 in 2017 and about 9.5 million tons more than 2016, when several of the taconite plants were idle and 29 million tons were produced.

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