Scores of workers are being laid off at the Mineral Park mine about 12 miles north of Kingman. There’s been no statement or confirmation from Mercator Minerals but word of the layoffs is spreading like wildfire from the displaced workforce. Kingman Vice Mayor Mark Wimpee said he’s been told that 490 employees are impacted by the layoffs that were announced this morning and are effective immediately. Wimpee and Jen Miles, the Workforce Development Manager for Mohave County, both said that displaced workers surfaced quickly today to begin job searches with the city and county. Miles said the county has not been able to pinpoint the number of workers being laid off. State Mine Inspector Joe Hart said the company notified his office that 350 workers are impacted by the decision to cease production and put the mine into a “care and maintenance” mode. Hart said the company said expensive electricity is the primary reason for the shutdown of the copper, molybdenum and silver mine. Both Wimpee and Miles said local government is trying to assist displaced workers. Miles said the county has already scheduled several two hour training sessions three days next week to attempt to help laid off miners find new jobs or contemplate new career paths.
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