- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) - A mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is being mothballed after wrapping up production of iron ore pellets.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports (http://bit.ly/2aXtk89 ) that Wednesday marked the last day of pellet production before the mine in Marquette County is shut down. Several hundred jobs are being eliminated, with more than 250 layoffs taking effect in late August.

Cliffs Natural Resources said in March that the mine would close. Spokeswoman Patricia Persico says company employees will work until the end of August and contract workers will finish the process of preserving the mine, which should be complete by October.

The Tilden Mine, which is also in Michigan, is expected to continue producing iron ore pellets for many years.

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Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net

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