Supporting Minnesota’s Economy

U. S. Steel’s Minnesota Ore Operations – consisting of Minntac and Keetac in northeastern Minnesota – produces iron ore pellets. Minntac is the state’s largest single mining operation.

In order to make steel possible – and the products like cars, home appliances, and food cans that we rely on every day – iron ore from Minnesota Ore Operations is and will continue to be important. Our people and technologies have a significant impact on Minnesota’s economy, ranging from high-quality jobs and benefits to tax revenues, spending with Minnesota companies, and charitable giving statewide.

Minnesota Ore Operations is the largest contributor to the Minnesota School Trust Fund, which provides annual income to all schools in Minnesota. We are also proud to support many important causes here at home and beyond – from regular gate collections that support our community to donations that support education on the Iron Range.

Minnesota Ore Operations: Highlights

  • Number of employees: 1,800+
  • Annual payroll: $153 million
  • Annual business done with 375 Minnesota suppliers/vendors: $450 million
  • Annual health care and pension benefits: $51 million
  • U.S. Steel is the largest contributor (90%) to the Minnesota School Trust Fund
  • Contributions to the Minnesota school trust fund: $370 million over the past 15 years
  • Environmental investments since 2011: $65 million

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“The 68 employees at the Mars Company and the 30 union employees that we have at Conveyor Belt Service rely on the business we get from Minnesota Ore Operations.  The earnings they provide us with help our employees purchase homes, raise families, and support northeast Minnesota communities.  The success and growth of Minnesota Ore Operations is as important to us as it is to them.”

– Bruce Mars, fourth generation co-owner of W.P. & R.S. Mars Company