Jim and Pete Installing A New Sign at the Thunderbird Mine, Eveleth, Minnesota 2003
Chromogenic color print
Previously EVTAC Mining Company, the operation produced its first pellets in1965. The operation was idled in May 2003 after filing for bankruptcy protection. The mine assets were acquired in December 2003 by a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (70%) and Laiwu Steel Group Ltd. (30%) of China. Cliffs (now Cliffs Natural Resources) later bought out its partner but retains a trade agreement to provide pellets to Laiwu.