Nothing is official as of yet, but the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) has received the technical documents needed to understand what Noront Resources needs to have Timmins become the home of a Ferrochrome Production Facility (NFPF).

Timmins has been selected to make “a compelling case proposal.”

The TEDC says they previously submitted an information package to Noront about the value of Timmins’ brownfield sites.

Timmins city council has previously approved their support for the facility.

According to Timmins Mayor Steve Black, “significant on-site rail infrastructure, available workforce, and community, stakeholder and regulatory acceptance make Timmins a prime location that exceeds the needs of the NFPF.”

It’s no secret that when it comes to mining, Timmins has many assets and already host advanced metallurgical, smelting and refining operations.

TEDC Chair Fred Gibbons says they will put together a bid and draw expertise from the city and the Timmins Chamber of Commerce in those efforts.

Timmins Chamber President Jamie Clarke says “the diverse range of mining supply and service firms in Timmins exemplifies the considerable technical and professional expertise that could be used to support the NFPF.”

“Several key community stakeholders have already provided letters of support, with interest from Ontario Northland, an essential service connecting Northern Ontario to transport hubs throughout North America,” the TEDC adds in a release, “In addition, the mining companies in our area have strong relationships with local First Nations communities.”

No doubt the business community is excited about the prospects of hosting a facility that would process ore from the untapped Ring of Fire region and the TEDC says they’re looking forward to working with Noront.

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