by Associated Press
United Taconite has resumed producing pellets on northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range.
Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources earlier announced it would restart operations in August at its United Taconite mining facilities, two months earlier than previously announced. WDIO-TV reports production resumed this week.
The mine in Eveleth and the processing plant in nearby Forbes were idled in August 2015 amid a global steel industry slump blamed on Chinese dumping of cheap subsidized steel. Nearly 500 people at United Taconite were laid off for nearly a year.