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‘The lifeblood’: On the Iron Range, small businesses build off mining’s success

by Greg Aamot, MinnPost

Art Lind has been involved in the mining industry in various capacities since the early 1960s, when he went to work for a company that repaired conveyor belts used by the mines on the Iron Range. He once worked on a survey crew that laid out the foundations for two taconite mines. Eventually, Lind got into sales and management for a Hibbing company, where he worked for 26 years before branching out on his own and founding Lind Industrial Supply, a parts and equipment distributor, which he runs with his son Roger.

Art Lind has been around long enough that the ebbs and flows of the Range economy, so tightly linked to the fortunes of the mines, have never dissuaded him.

“We survive,” he said when asked how his company responds to economic downturns. Yet as much as 95 percent of the business’s income comes from the products it sells to the mines. “It’s our lifeblood,” Roger Lind said.

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