Release Date: July 12, 2010

Key contract let in Kennecott mine project

The Mining Journal

Boldt Construction will handle structural, mechanical work at site

MARQUETTE - The Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company is ramping up construction efforts at the company's Eagle Project mine site on the Yellow Dog Plains, including getting ready to begin building the mine's water treatment plant, which the company has said would be its major construction focus this year.

"As we prepare for major construction, several contractors are mobilizing employees and equipment," said Matt Johnson, Kennecott government and community relations manager. "Today (Monday), over 40 contractors were on site."

Kennecott has signed a contract with the Boldt Company of Appleton, Wis. for structural, mechanical and electrical work at the mine site. The company began moving equipment and personnel to the site July 15.

"The primary aspect for Boldt will be the water treatment plant," Johnson said. "Basically, they are building the shell, the building, of the water treatment plant."

Boldt's activity at the site will involve 30 to 40 workers, the majority of which will be hired locally.

"Our first goal is always to tap into the local workforce for our projects," said Boldt Chief Executive Officer Tom Boldt. "Based on other similar projects, the economic impact of employing hometown skilled labor and regionally based subcontractors is significant and also produces a high quality outcome for our customers."

The Boldt Company is a member of the Upper Peninsula Construction Council and has built a number of significant projects in the U.P., including the new Bell Hospital in Ishpeming, the Baghouse upgrade for Units 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette, the Berry Events Center and the Art and Design Studio addition for Northern Michigan University and the remodeling of Wadsworth Hall at Michigan Technological University, in addition to numerous mining and paper mill projects.

According to Boldt officials, the Bell Hospital project employed 94 percent local labor.

Kennecott officials said their company and Boldt have goals of an incident-free and injury-free workplace.

"Our first business priority is to make sure everyone goes home safely," said Jeff Johnson, Boldt vice president of human resources and risk management. "Our customers trust us to get their projects done on time and on budget, but they also expect us to run a safe worksite."

The Boldt Company has 13 offices throughout the country. Kennecott officials declined to release the cost of Boldt's contract for the project.