The Human Resources Manager for the company that is curtailing production at the Mineral Park mine north of Kingman addressed Mohave County Supervisors during their Monday Board meeting in Kingman. Steve Lawson said the future of the mine that laid off more than 380 workers on December 29 is uncertain. “It is unknown at this point in time when mining or milling may resume,” Lawson said. “The mine is still actively marketing itself in search of a buyer and our actions are still being led by the bankruptcy process.” Plagued by a fluctuating precious metals market, high electricity cost and a bankruptcy filing last fall, the company is processing its ore stockpile and buttoning up to place the mine in a care and maintenance mode. “We understand this is a very hard time for the community as this mine has many ripple effects to the businesses of Kingman,” Lawson said. “We are making every effort possible to support the employees, contractors and suppliers who have so graciously supported our mine for so many years.” Mohave County Community Services Director Susie Parel-Duranceau said county and state officials are working with the private sector to host career orientation and job fair sessions Wednesday through Friday in Kingman. She said representatives of local employers and regional mining companies would be on hand. “We hope that these activities we’re putting together that we’re going to be able to help place most if not all of those individuals that have been laid off by the company,” Duranceau said. Mercator Minerals purchased the 1,200 acre site formerly known as the Duval Mine in 2003. Production was revived at the copper mine that was shut down in 1980.
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