At the Public Information Sessions, held on January 15 and 17, 2018, members of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Fort William First Nation Economic Development, presented information on the location for the Noront Resources ferrochrome production facility, should it be built in Thunder Bay.

The four-city competition is between Thunder Bay/Fort William First Nation, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Timmins. The deadline for submissions was Feb. 2, 2018.

"We have been working with Fort William First Nation Economic Development to prepare the proposal for submission," said Doug Murray, CEO for CEDC. "We believe that the material mined in Northwestern Ontario should be processed in Northwestern Ontario to its maximum value added state."

The facility will process chromite ore from the Ring of Fire, and is anticipated to create over 350 plant jobs that could expand and create all kinds of industrial service and supply spinoff opportunities. Ferrochrome is a crucial component in the production of stainless steel, a commodity growing at 5% annually. There is currently no ferrochrome production in North America.

Murray discussed the many benefits and economic impacts this facility would add to Thunder Bay, Fort William First Nation and other Northwestern Ontario Indigenous communities. There was also a short presentation from Timo Haimi, Senior Process Metallurgist, Outotec on Finnish experiences (Ferrochrome making).

"We have a good support system for start-up companies in our communities, and involving local entrepreneurs and students from the College and University to this industry will lead to new companies and employment for our residents throughout Northern Ontario."

Please view the video and the hard copy presentation of the Public Information Session below.

View the full Public Information Session presentation

View the summary of the Public Information Session presentation.


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