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New plant, revived United Taconite bring good news to Iron Range

by Dee DePass, Star Tribune

The recall of laidoff workers at the United Taconite plant and the start of construction on a $65 million iron-ore pellet plant in Forbes, Minn., is bringing much needed good news to Minnesota’s Iron Range.

 Gov. Mark Dayton, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., company officials and scores of recently recalled workers were on hand Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the United Taconite Mustang Pellet Project.

The construction project, located next door to United Taconite’s (UTAC) 51-year-old taconite plant, was first announced by United’s parent firm, Cliffs Natural Resources, in March. Construction is expected to take about eight months and employ 90 to 120 workers at various stages.

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