MacLean Engineering prepares to show off Sudbury test mine – by Len Gillis (Northern Ontario Business – August 1, 2019)

Less than a year after purchasing a test mine property near Lively, MacLean Engineering is preparing to use the former Mining Technologies International (MTI) facility to showcase its various battery-electric and remotely operated mining vehicles there.

MacLean purchased the property in September 2018 on the former MTI industrial site on Magill Street in the Walden Industrial Park (Lively) area of Greater Sudbury. The test mine is less than 10 kilometres from MacLean’s sales and service centre in Sudbury’s South End.

MacLean’s Sudbury general manager, Stella Holloway, said the mine property needed to be brought into compliance with several provincial regulations with respect to mining operations and health and safety. MacLean has even set up an agreement for mine rescue services, she said.

The 300-metre ramp and adjoining cavern was part of a test mine project carried out in 2012 by MTI. Nearly three years later, MTI sold its property to Joy Global. The sale did not include the test mine property or the nearby 15,000-square-foot industrial building. Maclean stepped up to buy both facilities.

“The whole premise of acquiring the test mine was so we could do research and development in house, versus having to work with the customers to use their ramps, their faces. It could really be cumbersome,” Holloway explained.

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