10 Years of Partnership
Exactly ten years ago, we announced the formation of our organization with a press conference featuring leaders from leaders from U. S. Steel, the United Steelworkers, Iron Range legislators and Governor Mark Dayton. The founding purpose of our organization still rings true one decade later: To advocate for and promote Minnesota’s legacy of iron mining.
Iron ore mining started in Minnesota almost 140 years ago, and we are proud that the Iron Range is where America’s steelmaking process begins. In fact, 84 percent of the nation’s iron ore is mined right here in Minnesota. Steel will continue to play a major role in our lives: Vehicles, buildings, appliances, bridges, technology, solar and wind technology systems, and much more. We are a dynamic, innovative, and evolving industry that serves a key role in our nation’s transition to a low carbon economy.
It has been a memorable ten years for the Iron Ore Alliance. We’ve organized rallies, hosted countless mine tours, advocated for issues important to our industry, convened stakeholders, honored iron mining advocates with our Hard Rock Miners award, and built lasting friendships and partnerships.
On behalf of U. S. Steel and the United Steelworkers, thank you to our many friends, elected officials and allied stakeholders who have supported our work over the last decade.