Hibbing Taconite Recognized for Community Involvement

By KBJR News 1

February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.COM) - Hibbing Taconite employs about 750 people on the Iron Range, but their efforts go beyond providing jobs. Now they're being recognized by the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce for the role they play in the community.

"[We're] trying to make the whole area just a better area for people to live and to work in," said Hibbing Taconite General Manager, Jack Croswell.

Croswell says the company is dedicated to giving back to the region. Last year, they gave $92,000 to Iron Range nonprofits and supported nearly 50 organizations.

"We pride ourselves on having a positive impact besides the mining process," said Croswell.

Which is why the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce chose Hibbing Taconite as its business of the year.

"They are a primary employer. They are a fantastic community member," said Chamber President Lory Fedo of why the company was chosen.

The Chamber based its decision on things like growth, stability and the company's contributions to the community, such as the mine pit tours they give every summer to the public, educating about the mining industry.

"Hibbing Taconite is the character of Hibbing," said Fedo.

The company's effort to give back is handed on to its employees, who are also encouraged to take part in the community.

"We like to have that positive impact and make sure that our employees are having that positive impact too," said Croswell.

Hibbing Taconite has an estimated $334 million economic impact on the area.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.