Supporting Minnesota’s Economy

U. S. Steel’s Minnesota Ore Operations – consisting of Minntac and Keetac – is the largest producer of iron ore pellets in Minnesota.

In order to make steel possible – and the products like cars, home appliances, and food cans that we rely on every day – iron ore from Minnesota Ore Operations is and will continue to be important. Our people and technologies have a significant impact on Minnesota’s economy, ranging from high-quality jobs and benefits to tax revenues, spending with Minnesota companies, and charitable giving statewide.

Minnesota Ore Operations: Highlights

  • Number of employees: 1,597
  • Annual payroll: $112.1 million
  • Annual business done with 350 Minnesota suppliers/vendors: $600 million
  • Annual health care benefits: $57.9 million
  • U.S. Steel is the largest contributor (90%) to the Minnesota School Trust Fund
  • Contributions to the Minnesota school trust fund: $370 million over the past 15 years
  • Environmental expenditures since 2009: $124 million

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Bruce Mars

“The 68 employees at the Mars Company and the 30 union employees that we have at Conveyor Belt Service rely on the business we get from Minnesota Ore Operations.  The earnings they provide us with help our employees purchase homes, raise families, and support northeast Minnesota communities.  The success and growth of Minnesota Ore Operations is as important to us as it is to them.”

– Bruce Mars, fourth generation co-owner of W.P. & R.S. Mars Company