Digging Deeper

Creating high-paying jobs and protecting the environment.

Hecla Mining, the largest primary producer of silver and the oldest precious metals company in the U.S., is working to bring prosperity back to northwestern Montana – previously home to the strongest workforce in the Treasure State.

Hecla works to build trust and relationships that foster our social license to operate. This encompasses taking a mutually beneficial approach to issues affecting the community, treating others with respect, and engaging in open and honest communication.

With the dedicated support of the local community and more than 128 years of experience, Hecla has the resources and the resilience to get much-needed projects across the finish line.

Hecla is the largest primary silver producer in North America and has operating silver mines in Alaska (Greens Creek), Idaho (Lucky Friday), and Mexico (San Sebastian). Hecla is also a growing gold producer with an operating mine (Casa Berardi) in Quebec, Canada and three recently acquired operating gold mines in Nevada: Midas, Fire Creek and Hollister.

There is strong local support for new mining jobs. In a 2017 poll supported by Hecla, 80 percent of Sanders and Lincoln County residents believed that Hecla would responsibly develop the Rock Creek and Montanore Mines – and bring much-needed economic opportunity to the region.

Northwestern Montana has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Lincoln County alone has more than 20 percent of its population living below the poverty line; over 70 percent of its children are on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

Rock Creek and Montanore offer the potential for some 1,200 direct and indirect high-paying and career-making jobs with payrolls of over $50 million. Annual state taxes and fees from both mines would be more than $10 million per year. The people of Montana deserve these good jobs.


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