As we are walking around the yard a beautiful piece of rock just jumped out at me. I think I said something approximating: "what the heck is that?"
I was then given the update on an interesting project they are working on. He informed me that this was not granite but taconite.
They are building a plant in Biwabik to begin harvesting this stuff to be used as counter-tops or whatever, like granite or marble. I am always intrigued when I hear about something being harvested or manufactured here on the iron range and this really fascinated me.
It seems they have secured funding for a 2.8 million dollar expansion project of which, among other things, they will be producing this product that caught my eye that day in their yard, this amazing, colorful piece of taconite.
From the news release:
LMGS currently produces granite countertops and monuments and is expanding into other areas of natural stone use, such as structural, architectural, decorative and landscaping. The project is expected to create 15 jobs.
It seems uncommon to find businesses that are expanding here on the iron range and it is exciting to see them doing it by producing a product that is unique to this area.
Jeff gave be a little chunk of it for my desk.
Anyway, the stone piece that I was getting from them might be slightly less exciting, but natural stone is natural stone and always very cool. Here are some pictures of the finished project:
Here are some more: