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Twin Metals Building in Ely Now Underway

Ely Echo
Nick Wognum
Dec. 18, 2010

What may be the first mining building in Ely in over 50 years is now under construction. 

Twin Metals purchased a lot in the Ely Business Park and broke ground on Nov. 29.

"It was announced we would do this at a Joint Powers Board meeting and we finally received approval from the Twin Metals board of directors in October," said David Oliver of Twin Metals. 

He said Architectural Resources in Hibbing did the design work and is serving as the construction management firm. 

The general contractor for the contract is Pinckney Construction of Ely.

"The goal all along was to utilize Ely contractors to do the work," said Oliver.

The final slab lifting and concrete pour for the foundation was being completed on Thursday. 

"It all got into the ground. There was good planning by the contractor to prevent the ground from freezing," said Oliver. 

"Their ability to build in this type of climate will allow this building to be built this winter. Twin Metals is very grateful that type of experience exists here in Ely." 

The two story building has a footprint of 50 feet by 110 feet, with 2,200 square feet for drill core logging and cutting and 8,800 square feet for office space. 

"We're looking forward for construction to continue through the winter. The city was very cooperative with partial building permits. We're looking at occupancy in late spring," said Oliver.

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