Local leaders make a case for Empire Mine to CEO of Cleveland Cliffs

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - 'It started here' is the theme for Lake Superiors Community Partnership's case to reopen Empire Mine.

Back in February, Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves announced thier decision to either use Empire Mine or land in Minnesota to expand their operations.

And since then local leaders have been working hard to express why Cleveland Cliffs should choose Michigan.

"The package that we put together is going to be both from a presentation perspective and visual perspective," said Amy Clickner, CEO of LSCP. "We have a video that really just tells the story of how integrated the company is in the community and the community with the company. We are going to end with that 10 minute video that we believe says it all."

LSCP will be hand delivering the package in a meeting with the CEO this Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.

"We are just very excited to share what the community has come up with," said Clickner.

Joining LSCP are local leaders who will provide different perspectives of the potential impact with the reopening of Empire Mine.

"Mark Slown the city manager of Ishpeming is coming who will explain tax dollars, employing people, buying houses in the city, all that are very important," said Clickner.

Bryan DeAugustine, Superintendent of N.I.C.E Community Schools will travel too to provide the school perspective.

"We want to show that we are invested in that the company's success and safety and that mining is a huge part of our heritage in Marquette County," said DeAugustine.

State Rep. Sara Cambensy and Brett French from UPPCO will also be in attendance.

Cleveland Cliffs plans to make their decision later this year.

"We know he will make it this year, and it will be a waiting game until then, but don’t think we won’t be reminding him about Michigan every chance we get," said Clickner.



 
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