Will the Ring of Fire’s ferrochrome smelter end up in the Michigan Soo? – by David Helwig (Soo Today – March 21, 2018)


Ontario Sault politicians are scratching their heads over a meeting planned next month in Toronto to announce a potential ferrochrome processing plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

At the Civic Centre tonight, a half-dozen city councillors told SooToday they had absolutely no knowledge of the Apr. 5 gathering at the swank Design Exchange museum, located in Toronto’s original stock exchange building at 234 Bay St.

“The Ring of Fire Limited Partnership cordially invites you to join Doug Ford, leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party; with the Honourable Maxime Bernier opposition critic for innovation, science and economic development; and Jason Gauthier of the Missinabie Cree First Nation to review the virtues of making ferrochrome in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for a new North American stainless steel joint-venture with Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,” said the invitation.

It was posted on Eventbrite.ca by KWG Resources Inc., operator of the Black Horse joint chromium venture and a significant player in the massive Ring of Fire initiative in the mineral-rich James Bay Lowlands. If KWG is indeed planning some kind of steel partnership with the Ontario Sault, it appears the firm hasn’t talked to many stakeholders on this side of the river.

In fact, Mayor Christian Provenzano says he’s unaware of anyone being approached at the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp. or “as far as we can tell, any of our partners in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.”

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