Ronald Hein hardcover
This book is a history of the Erie Mining Company in Minnesota. Written by former employees, this book looks to tell the story of Erie Mining from its formation in 1940 to its closure in 2001. The book examines the vast amount of pioneering work involved in developing an economically feasible method to mine and process a previously worthless low grade iron ore called taconite. By turning taconite into a high quality product, the development of Minnesota's mineral resources was made possible. This ensured Minnesota's continued prominence as the major supplier of the iron ore critical to the nation's security and advancement of it's standard of the living.
Beginning with the early experiments, the book follows the construction of both the Erie Preliminary Taconite Plant and the Commercial Plant. Using oral histories of former employees, the book details the operations of the plant, it's growth and expansion, the union and people of Erie Mining and the closure of the company.