Mining Conference Energy High, Attendance Up

Posted at: 04/16/2013 4:30 PM
Updated at: 04/17/2013 1:07 PM

The outlook is positive at the 86th annual meeting of the SME Minnesota Section.

Organizers said that almost 600 people registered to attend. That's up from about 520 last year.

"There's a high level of energy at this conference. And it's very well attended," said Harvey Thorleifson, the incoming chair of the MN section of the SME. "There's a lot happening in the iron ore industry, in the sand silica mining in the southern part of the state, and the proposed copper nickel mining up here as well."

Attendees from both our region and Canada said it's the time where they can share ideas, and make their business stronger and more productive.

Stephanie Gourde from Quebec City said, "We can exchange some of our practices. We can improve our businesses."

The trade show gives vendors a chance to show mine managers and consultants what's new on the market, and what can benefit the industry.

Jasper Engineering brought a motorized pulley drive. Jason Janisch said they've been installed everywhere on the Range. But now mining folks from Canada can get a chance to see one in person.

Events for the SME meeting started Monday, and go through Wednesday.