- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A silver and copper mine in northwestern Montana that was closed by underground rockslides in late 2012 has reopened after workers built new tunnels.

The Flathead Beacon reports (http://bit.ly/10mYXPg ) workers at the Troy Mine processed ore in the underground crusher earlier this week for the first time in nearly two years. The crushers move the ore to the surface where it is milled into concentrate.

Revett Mining Co. President and CEO John Shanahan says milling operations should begin next month. He expects the mine to resume full production by mid-2015.

About 65 people are working underground at the mine and Shanahan expects the number to climb to 100 by the end of the year. If the mine resumes full production, it will have about 175 employees.

Shanahan says some employees are still working on a new tunnel.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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