Arbogast is staff representative for United Steelworkers District 11
Virginia, Minn. – The Iron Ore Alliance is pleased to announce John Arbogast as its new co-chair. Arbogast, staff representative for United Steelworkers District 11, will jointly lead the organization with Chris Masciantonio, director of government affairs and public policy for United States Steel Corporation. Arbogast replaces John Rebrovich, who retired after more than 40 years with the United Steelworkers.
Formed in 2013, the Iron Ore Alliance is a joint initiative between the United Steelworkers and U. S. Steel to share Minnesota’s rich 130-year history of taconite mining. It provides a voice for the thousands of workers at Minnesota Ore Operations’ two facilities: Minntac in Mountain Iron and Keetac in Keewatin. The organization’s mission is to advance common interests of U. S. Steel and the United Steelworkers, such as providing good jobs, investing in the economy and protecting the environment.
“The Iron Ore Alliance is a unique and special organization because it’s a shining example of a company and a union working together collaboratively and productively,” said Arbogast. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with U. S. Steel on the important issues that impact our members and our state.”
Commonly known as “Arbo,” Arbogast was born and raised in Virginia, Minnesota and has worked for the United Steelworkers since 1995. He was president of Local 1938 before assuming his current role of staff representative for District 11.
“Arbo is an outstanding leader and a passionate advocate for the United Steelworkers, our industry, and the Iron Range community,” said Masciantonio. “I look forward to working with him to advance the interests of Minnesota Ore Operations and support the hardworking men and women at Minntac and Keetac.”
About the Iron Ore Alliance
The Iron Ore Alliance is a joint initiative of United States Steel Corporation and the United Steelworkers to help educate Minnesotans about the importance of U. S. Steel’s iron ore business. U. S. Steel’s Minnesota Ore Operations, with its Minntac and Keetac facilities located in northeastern Minnesota, is the state’s largest iron ore producer, and is a critical part of U. S. Steel’s North American operations. Minntac, located in Mountain Iron, is the single largest iron ore pelletizing operation in the United States. For more information, please visit www.ironorealliance.com.
You may think we’re all about breaking rocks, but we’re great at breaking records, too.
The Minnesota iron mining industry – including U.S. Steel’s Minnesota Ore Operations – directly contributes to schools across the state through the Minnesota Permanent School Fund (PSF). Our sector’s success has helped the PSF reach new heights. As the largest contributor to the Fund, the Minnesota iron mining industry’s efforts have been instrumental to solidifying the PSF as a valuable resource for students throughout the state.
The Minnesota Department of Education distributed a record $37 million in spendable income from the PSF during the 2020-21 school year, which represents a nearly million-dollar increase from the previous year. This milestone builds upon a decade of consistent growth and success and marks a $14 million increase from ten years ago. Every classroom across Minnesota benefits from the PSF’s equitable allocation of funds, ensuring that all 326 public school districts, along with 178 academies and charter schools, receive their fair share. Distributions are made based on the number of students in average daily membership during the preceding school year. Check out this online tool to find out how much funding your school district received.
As mining on state trust lands continues, revenue for the PSF continues to generate. According to the Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands, funds are invested in a balanced portfolio that has consistently increased in value year over year, with an average rate of return of 9% over the past ten years.
Along with helping to fund Minnesota schools, the iron mining industry continues to support modern technologies and innovations. For example, iron mining serves an important role in the clean energy economy. The 193 million tons of iron ore mined…it produces enough steel to build 424,000 wind turbines. This is but one of the countless examples of how iron mining is critical to our path toward a brighter future, in addition to benefiting Minnesotans today.