Don MacLean has always felt there is a “continual sense of change and renewal” in mining. After 60-plus years in the industry, the founder of MacLean Engineering should know. The mining technology engineer saw the beginnings of the diesel age, putting the first diesel scoops in Sudbury’s Creighton mine in 1964.
Now, over 50 years later and involved as ever, MacLean is experiencing the “electrification of the mining industry,” as he works on introducing electric mining equipment at Goldcorp’s Borden mine site near Chapleau.
The shifts have “just been a rush,” he said. “I’ve never worked a day in my life,” is MacLean’s oft-shared trademark sentiment on the industry.
Many of MacLean’s early years were spent in Sudbury, where he started working for INCO in 1959. He went on to found his Collingwood-based MacLean Engineering in 1973. The company designs and manufactures underground mining equipment.
On Dec. 2, MacLean was honoured by an induction in the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Services Association (SAMSSA) Hall of Fame. He was introduced by his daughter Lisa, who said his entrepreneurial tendencies were noticeable from an early age.
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