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Michigan: Cliffs cutting iron production, affecting 625 jobs
stamfordadvocate.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | STEVE KARNOWSKI

Posted on 11/20/2012 5:35:32 PM PST by FreeAtlanta

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 625 people will be laid off when Cliffs Natural Resources idles a Michigan mine and cuts production at a Minnesota operation due to declining demand for iron ore, the company announced Monday. Two of the four production lines at Northshore Mining's taconite plant in Silver Bay will shut down effective Jan. 5, resulting in 125 layoffs, said Cliffs' Minnesota spokeswoman Sandy Karnowski. It has not been determined how those layoffs will be distributed between the plant and Northshore's mine in Babbitt, she said. Cliffs also plans an extended summer shutdown at the Empire Mine near Palmer, Mich., which will affect 500 jobs beginning in the second quarter of 2013. Empire currently has 730 employees. "It's a tough day for all of us at Cliffs and we're hopeful to see the market conditions improve...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: consequences; jobloss; layoffs; obama
Daily Job Cuts We are in really sad times and Obama is in Burma?
1 posted on 11/20/2012 5:35:37 PM PST by FreeAtlanta
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To: FreeAtlanta

The Great Obama Depression has begun.

We are Americans, we have had tough times before and we will
get through this rough time too.

We are the most resilient, toughest people in world.

We will make it these bad times too.


2 posted on 11/20/2012 5:41:44 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: FreeAtlanta
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3 posted on 11/20/2012 5:44:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: txnativegop

American iron ore goes through boom and bust cycles about every four years.


4 posted on 11/20/2012 5:47:25 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Really? I did not know the cycle was that quick in the industry. Oh well, blame it on Obama anyway. He is the President and he gets the blame for crap that happens on his watch.


5 posted on 11/20/2012 5:51:25 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: txnativegop

The guys in that part of the country are among the toughest. Gonna be some hard times but up there is some of the best hunting, fishing, and trapping around which will help a lot.


6 posted on 11/20/2012 5:52:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: FreeAtlanta

How long until the only people working are government employees?


7 posted on 11/20/2012 5:55:02 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: cripplecreek

At least they have something to fall back on.

Plan B’s are nice to have.

I wish them well.


8 posted on 11/20/2012 5:57:19 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: CMailBag

Obama probably has that planned for July 4. 20?? LOL

It won’t be long if this keeps up


9 posted on 11/20/2012 5:58:53 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: CMailBag
How long until the only people working are government employees?

Which results in what is now known as The Detroit Problem.

How will they be paid?

10 posted on 11/20/2012 5:59:46 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: txnativegop
I managed a fueling business for steamships in Duluth-Superior and the north shore of Minnesota for 16 years. Iron ore was the main haul down from Lake Superior to the mills on Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. At one time, there were 300 US ore carriers. Back in the 80s and 90s, the vessel count was 60 US and about 60 Canadian boats.
11 posted on 11/20/2012 6:00:24 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It looks like a few of those boats will be retired or mothballed. I sometime wonder if there will be anything left after Obama leaves office.


12 posted on 11/20/2012 6:02:09 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Going to be interesting to see how many Obama voters are happy with their choice in one year.

Lived through two years in Iraq. This shouldn't be all that bad. Maybe God was just preparing me.

Can't believe Americans decided to double down of failure.

13 posted on 11/20/2012 6:02:59 PM PST by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: okie01

Did you see that the FBI raided the library in Detroit? I personally suspect the Governor and AG called them in after the emergency financial manager law was tossed out.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2961635/posts


14 posted on 11/20/2012 6:04:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
At one time, there were 300 US ore carriers. Back in the 80s and 90s, the vessel count was 60 US and about 60 Canadian boats.

Really? I was aware that a lot of ore docks had closed.

How many ore carriers are currently active on the lakes now?

15 posted on 11/20/2012 6:06:09 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: okie01

According to wiki, there are less than 140 active lakers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_freighter


16 posted on 11/20/2012 6:08:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

We visited friends who have a retirement house up there last Summer. Really enjoyed our stay. Saw an ore carrier enter the harbor through the lift bridge from alongside the inlet. It was interesting being in a place where “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is very much real life, and not just a catchy tune.


17 posted on 11/20/2012 6:08:56 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: FreedomPoster

I saw the Edmund Fitzgerald just a few weeks before it sank. I was up north with my dad and we saw it passing through the Soo locks headed west.


18 posted on 11/20/2012 6:17:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks like they’re about to go over the Fiscal Cliff. LOL

What we need is a Food Stamp Nazi, No EBT for you!


19 posted on 11/20/2012 6:40:18 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Life is just a bowl of Low Information Voters.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

not good for the UP. Mining is Our future is being posted throughout many areas in the Upper peninsula of Michigan. Now this will leave a mark.

Where I live one mine can be reopened if necessary. looks like that won’t be happening all to soon.

Logging is still going on. LP Structural Panels (sagola) is still processing logs into panels (the glue stinks). Lots of logging trucks on the roads on a daily basis

Tourism is hurting - because there is no snow on the ground yet. That is right no snow. Today it was in the 50s. thanksgiving is to 50 degree Friday a chance of snow and high of 28.

Summer was tough too so dry, that lakes and the Michigamme Reservoir is low

Plan B is getting hard to achieve with so many others already laid off.

Thought some others might like how it is the UP of Michigan. mackinac County has the lowest Unemployment rate 3.6%.

The Museum at Whitefish Point is dedicated to many of the lake Ships that sunk in Lake Superior.

fellow michiganders and Freepers have a great Turkey Day.


20 posted on 11/20/2012 6:40:39 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: cripplecreek

>”According to wiki, there are less than 140 active lakers”<

Five Starters and 135 on the Bench?


21 posted on 11/20/2012 6:43:14 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Life is just a bowl of Low Information Voters.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
When your chemical sector (Dow) goes into decline, and production of the most basic commodity (iron ore) begins to contract, you know the economy is sick and getting sicker. No matter what the bellringers and whistlers of Wall Street try to sell you, this is bad news and getting worse.
22 posted on 11/20/2012 7:30:07 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: FreeAtlanta

Obamanation Communism File.


23 posted on 11/20/2012 7:58:39 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: hinckley buzzard
Economy was still sick - the demand for steel and ore was driven by China. My company is in mining and power - first hit by the War on Coal bankrupting our customers, then closing down the power plants and now it is hitting the ore market.

What gets to me is I visited a mine/processing plant in Minnesota that was trying to reopen (it used to employ 2000). They were going to reprocess the tailings to get precious minerals. Last I heard they were still trying to get permits. No matter how much the private sector tries to grow the economy, the government is there to stop us.

24 posted on 11/20/2012 9:26:50 PM PST by GWynand
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To: okie01
Columbia Steamship (of Cleveland, OH) was sold off to the owners of American Steamship (Buffalo, NY) a few years ago. All the boats were renamed. Also, US Steel's Great Lakes Fleet (Duluth, MN) was sold to the Canadian National Railroad (so much for the Jones Act) after their smaller steamers were disposed of.
I haven't counted the boats for a long time.

Ore loadings continue at Duluth, Superior, Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Taconite Harbor but nothing like the past years. In the 1980s, a big western coal dock was built for Gillette, WY coal to be railed to Superior, to be reloaded on the 1,000 footers for delivery to eastern utilities. This created the first new line of business and added life to the shipping industry.

We operated at all the above locations and had a 149 foot, 8,000 bbl fueling tanker in the Duluth-Superior harbor. The tanker was manned by a 500 ton/unlimited captain, an engineer and a licensed AB Seaman. The tanker could supply inline blended fuel and “make” just about any blend of N2 and N6 oil. European vessels, calling for winter wheat, would take the highest N2 blend; 180 or even 100 centistokes (a measure of viscosity.)

Our captain had been in the fuel business beginning in the 1970s and had helped put the last oil aboard the Ed Fitz. He told the story of a replacement cook who went aboard the Fitz in the last minute. The cook predicted it would be his last ride.

25 posted on 11/21/2012 4:59:59 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: txnativegop

The entire fleet (with older steamers excepted) will have to switch to straight diesel in 2015. I estimate the added cost at $1 more per gallon vs. N6 blend. The 1,000 footers consume 75-80,000 gallons per week. 40 trips in a typical season.
Guess what’s happening to the price of steel ?


26 posted on 11/21/2012 7:42:22 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Well, there goes the price of guns, they are already much too expensive. I guess the price will quadruple or more. Oh Joy! no sarc


27 posted on 11/21/2012 8:08:15 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: hondact200
have a great Turkey Day.

Have a great Thanksgiving Day. Even with the communist destroyer stealing the election and all the pathetic supporters that he has, we still have a lot to be thankful for.

28 posted on 11/21/2012 2:24:28 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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