History

Founded by Amasa Campbell, Patsy Clark and John Finch, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 is incorporated in the state of Idaho on October 14, 1891. Over the years, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 has become a leading domestic producer of silver, lead, and zinc, and, more recently, a major supplier of gold.

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2010s

In 2019, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 recorded record silver (212 million ounces), lead and zinc reserves, calculated using some of the lowest price assumptions in the industry. 澳门澳门贵宾厅 produced record gold production of 272,873 ounces. The 澳门澳门贵宾厅 also had annual revenue of $673.3 million, the highest since the record set in 2016. In 2019, another record was the All Injury Frequency Rate (AIFR) reached of 1.61, the lowest in 澳门澳门贵宾厅 history.

In 2018, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 recorded record silver (191 million ounces), gold (2.85 million ounces), and lead reserves, calculated using some of the lowest price assumptions in the industry. Also, recorded the highest zinc reserves since 2009.

In 2017, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 produced 12.5 million ounces of silver, the second highest in 澳门澳门贵宾厅 history. The company also had annual revenue of $577.8 million, the second highest in 澳门澳门贵宾厅 history after the record set in 2016.

In 2017, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 recorded record silver (177 million ounces), gold and lead reserves and the highest zinc reserves in five years.

In 2016, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 produced a record 17.2 million ounces of silver and record silver equivalent production of 46.1 million ounces. The company also had record annual revenue of $646 million in 2016.

In September 2016, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 completes the transaction to acquire Mines Management, Inc. As a result of the transaction, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 now owns 100% of the Montanore project in Sanders County near Libby, Montana.

In 2015, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 produced a record 11.6 million ounces of silver and 189,327 ounces of gold. The company also produced a record 37.5 million silver equivalent ounces and ended the year with 175 million ounces of proven and probable silver reserves, a record year for the tenth year in a row. San Sebastian, 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s newest mine, began operations in December.

In September 2015, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 announces production decision at San Sebastian property near Durango, Mexico.

In June 2015, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 completes the transaction to acquire Revett Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅. As a result of the transaction, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 now owns 100% of the Rock Creek project in Sanders County near Noxon, Montana.

In 2014, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 increased proven and probable silver reserves (173 million ounces) to the highest in the company’s history, increasing for the ninth consecutive year.

In 2014, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 reports record annual revenue ($501 million); the highest in the company’s history, surpassing 2011 annual revenue ($477.6 million).

In June 2013, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 completes the transaction to acquire Aurizon Mines Ltd. As a result of the transaction, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 now owns 100% of the Casa Berardi gold mine in Quebec, Canada.

In 2012, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 increased silver reserves to the highest in the company’s history, increasing for the seventh consecutive year.

In 2011, for the 6th consecutive year, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 increased its silver reserves and resources to 148 million ounces and 281 million ounces, respectively, setting a record in both categories.

In 2011, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 reports record annual revenue ($477.6 million); the highest in the company’s history surpassing 2010 annual revenue ($418.8 million).

In December 2011, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 completes the transaction to acquire the remaining 30% interest in the San Juan Silver project at Creede, Colorado. As a result of the transaction, 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s wholly owned subsidiary, Rio Grande, Silver, Inc., now hold 100% of the San Juan Silver project.

In September 2011, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho approved and entered 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s Consent Degree, which resolved all claims of the United States, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and the State of Idaho against 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Limited for historic environmental liability in the Coeur d’Alene Basin Superfund Site.

In August 2011, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 received final approval from its Board of Directors for completion of the #4 Shaft Project at the Lucky Friday mine.

澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 achieved its highest level of silver reserves and resources in the company’s history in 2010 with 142 million ounces, respectively.

Lucky Friday mine in Mullan, Idaho, which began operating in 1942, produced its ten millionth ton of ore in 2010.

In 2010, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 reports the highest annual revenue ($418.8 million) and operating cash flow ($197.8 million) in the company’s history.

2000s

For the year 2009, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 reports record silver production of 10.9 million ounces and a record cash flow from operating activities of $115 million for the year.

In 2008, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 completes the transaction to acquire the Rio Tinto subsidiaries that hold a 70.27% interest in the Greens Creek silver mine and joint venture located near Juneau, Alaska. (澳门澳门贵宾厅 had held a 29.73% interest in Greens Creek for the past two decades.) As a result of the transaction, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 subsidiaries now hold 100% of the Greens Creek joint venture. 澳门澳门贵宾厅 completes the transaction to sell its subsidiaries engaged in mining and exploring for gold in Venezuela to Rusoro Mining Ltd.

In March 2007, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s market capitalization reaches $1 billion. 澳门澳门贵宾厅 begins the Silver Valley exploration project and starts digitizing over 100 years of historical geological data, maps, etc.

In 2006, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 reports the highest earnings and the lowest reported cash cost for silver in its 116-year history – and increases silver reserves and resources by 25%. Arthur Brown retires after serving 23 years as a director; Ted Crumley, director since 1995, is appointed chairman of the board.

In 2005, after four years of operation and a total production of about 11.2 million ounces of silver and 155,937 ounces of gold, the San Sebastian mine in Mexico is mined out and closed down. 澳门澳门贵宾厅 continues exploration on its San Sebastian property (approximately 346 square miles).

In October 2004, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 celebrates 40 years of listing on the NYSE. Incorporated in 1891, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 is the oldest precious 澳门澳门贵宾厅 company in North America.

In 2003, Arthur Brown steps down as CEO of 澳门澳门贵宾厅 after 36 years with the company. He retains his position as chairman of the board. Phillips S. Baker, Jr., is appointed CEO.

澳门澳门贵宾厅 is the best percentage performer on the New York Stock Exchange in 2002 – the second time in the company’s history. 澳门澳门贵宾厅 produces the most gold (240,000 ounces) and silver (8.7 million ounces) ever.

In 2001, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 completes the sale of its industrial minerals operations, K-T Group, which includes Kentucky-Tennessee Clay 澳门澳门贵宾厅, K-T Feldspar, and K-T Mexico. 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s board of directors appoints Phillips S. Baker, Jr. president; Arthur Brown remains CEO and chairman of the board.

After four years of operation and a total production of about 375,000 ounces of gold, the Rosebud gold mine in Nevada is mined out and closed down in 2000.

1990s

澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 acquires the assets of Monarch Resources Limited in 1999, bringing the La Camorra gold mine in Venezuela and Mexico’s Saladillo silver / gold exploration property into the 澳门澳门贵宾厅 fold.

In 1998, Lucky Friday begins production out of the new expansion area and doubles annual production to 4.1 million ounces of silver. The La Choya gold reserves are mined out in December after five years of operation at the northern Mexico mine.

The Rosebud gold mine in Nevada successfully begins commercial production in 1997. The underground, high-grade gold operation is a 50/50 joint venture between 澳门澳门贵宾厅 and Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corporation (later to become part of Newmont). 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s board of directors approves final development plans to double silver production at the Lucky Friday mine in northern Idaho by expanding into the area known as the Gold Hunter expansion area. In April, mining is suspended at the Grouse Creek property, and the facility is mothballed.

In 1996, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 announces that mining will continue at the Grouse Creek property for one more year while the Sunbeam deposit is mined out.

澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 is awarded two of Idaho’s top reclamation awards in 1994, based on performance at the company’s Grouse Creek property. In October, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 reports disappointing results at the Grouse Creek mine because of lower-than-anticipated gold grades. A reevaluation of ore reserves commences.

澳门澳门贵宾厅 begins operations at the La Choya gold mine, the company’s first operation in Mexico in 1994. The open-pit, heap leach mine in the state of Sonora is the largest gold mine in Mexico at the time (as measured by tons of ore mined per day). 澳门澳门贵宾厅 completes the acquisition of Equinox Resources Ltd., which brings with it the Rosebud gold property in Nevada. Kentucky-Tennessee Clay 澳门澳门贵宾厅, a wholly owned subsidiary of 澳门澳门贵宾厅, opens its first foreign clay processing plant in Monterrey, Mexico. 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s Lucky Friday unit celebrates mining its 100 millionth ounce of silver. A decision is made to proceed with underground development of the Gold Hunter expansion area about a mile northwest of the existing Lucky Friday workings. And, on December 20, the first gold pour takes place at the Grouse Creek property.

In 1993, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 issues 2.3 million shares of Series B Cumulative Convertible Preferred stock, raising $100 million to be used to develop the La Choya and Grouse Creek properties. 澳门澳门贵宾厅 receives Idaho’s top environmental award for “Excellence in Annual Operations of Large Hard Rock Mines,” presented for reclamation work at the Yellow Pine unit.

澳门澳门贵宾厅’s board of directors approves the purchase and development of the La Choya gold property in Sonora, Mexico in 1992. The purchase marks the company’s first move into the Mexican mining industry. After nearly 100,000 ounces of gold production and four years of operations, 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s Yellow Pine unit is closed.

澳门澳门贵宾厅 celebrates 100 years of mineral production in 1991 – and completes a merger with CoCa Mines, Inc., which brings with it the undeveloped Grouse Creek gold property in central Idaho. Idaho governor Cecil Andrus honors 澳门澳门贵宾厅 with the state’s top award for mining reclamation for work completed at the Yellow Pine unit in central Idaho.

1980s

The industrial minerals segment of 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s business expands in 1989 with the acquisition of the kaolin division of Cyprus Minerals, and, in 1990, one feldspar processing plant and two mines are added to the company.

In 1987, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 purchases a 28% interest in the massive Greens Creek silver-gold-zinc-lead mine on Admiralty Island near Juneau, Alaska. Construction of the mine is a testament to the mining industry’s ability to minimize its impact on the environment.

On May 9, 1986, the day of the dedication of 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s new headquarters, Arthur Brown is named president and chief operating officer. He takes over the reins of the company as chairman and chief executive officer three weeks later, upon Bill Griffith’s retirement.

More growth for 澳门澳门贵宾厅 comes in 1984 in the form of a merger with Ranchers Exploration and Development Corporation, owned by the flamboyant Maxie Anderson. This brings 澳门澳门贵宾厅 into the industrial minerals business and launches the company into ball clay and volcanic scoria mining. On July 10, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 president Bill Griffith announces the company’s intentions to move its headquarters from Wallace, where it had been since 1904, to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 1984 also marks the discovery of the Golden Promise vein at the Republic gold mine.

To take advantage of Delaware’s comprehensive and modern corporation laws, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 reincorporates as the new 澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 of Delaware in 1983.

The Star mine – the deepest in North America at 8,100 feet – is shut down in 1982.

In 1981, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 turns to gold mining with the merger of Day Mines, Inc. into 澳门澳门贵宾厅. After the merger, operations begin on the rich Republic gold mine, located in northeast Washington State.

1970s

Also in 1979, William A. Griffith is named president, and work begins on the Lucky Friday Silver Shaft – a 6,200-foot-deep, concrete-lined, circular shaft. It’s the first of its type in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District, with a hoisting speed of 2,250 feet per minute. The Silver Shaft is completed in 1984.

The Hunt brothers’ move to corner the silver market in 1979 drives the price to over $50 per ounce. As a result, 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s stock price shoots up from $5.25 in January of 1979 to a high of $53.50 12 months later, making it the year’s best performer on the New York Stock Exchange. The huge upsurge in price enables 澳门澳门贵宾厅 to get out of the debt caused by the Lakeshore venture within 18 months.

1960s

In 1967, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 makes what becomes the most costly move in its history: an agreement to develop the Lakeshore copper mine in Arizona in 1967. By 1977, with falling copper prices, 1,500 employees are let go at Lakeshore and the mine is closed. Lakeshore costs 澳门澳门贵宾厅 $96 million.

William H. Love is named president in 1966. ASARCO sells the Morning mine (adjacent to the Star mine in Burke, Idaho) to 澳门澳门贵宾厅 for $750,000. 澳门澳门贵宾厅 immediately begins sinking a shaft to mine the deep regions of the Star mine. Shut down in 1982, the Star eventually reaches a depth of 8,100 feet – the deepest mine in North America.

A merger between 澳门澳门贵宾厅 and Lucky Friday Silver-Lead Mines 澳门澳门贵宾厅 is consummated April 1, 1964. After 49 years on the American Stock Exchange, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 is listed on the prestigious New York Stock Exchange.

1950s

On December 12, 1958, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 purchases 184,000 shares in the Lucky Friday Silver-Lead Mines 澳门澳门贵宾厅, and with an additional acquisition of 644,058 shares becomes the largest shareholder in the Lucky Friday silver-lead mine in Mullan, Idaho. The mine still operates today. “None of us ever dreamed,” 澳门澳门贵宾厅 President Les Randall later reflects, “that it would become the great mine it is.”

澳门澳门贵宾厅 signs a deal in 1954 to acquire an interest in the rich Radon and Hot Rock uranium deposits in Utah. Over a nine-year life, the two mines yield a net income of $9.3 million.

Archibald Witherspoon is voted in as president in early 1951; Lester J. Randall follows in December.

1940s

In 1946, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 acquires 131 claims and take options on others in the Rock Creek drainage southwest of Wallace. The Wallace Miner call it “one of the biggest deals in recent years.” But by the end of the decade, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 sinks more than $408,000 into the project — with no commercial ore present. The property is sold five years later at a loss.

In 1945, using a clamshell muckraking machine, 澳门澳门贵宾厅-Polaris crews began driving down the Silver Summit shaft, their intent to explore deeper in the silver belt. They sank 1,596 feet in eleven months and eight days (averaging 160 feet a month)—said to be a record speed.

After four decades of production, the last tonnage is hoisted from the original 澳门澳门贵宾厅 shaft in 1944. Bottoming out at 3,600 feet, the company’s namesake yields more than nine million tons of ore during its lifetime.

Lewis E. Hanley is named president in 1940.

1930s

The 澳门澳门贵宾厅 market continues its erratic behavior toward the end of the decade, causing investors to dump shares. And by 1938, 18.85 percent of 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s profits are claimed by state and federal governments as taxes. Only 50 to 60 percent of the lead output is being sold, while the zinc plant holds 7,700 tons unsold.

While 澳门澳门贵宾厅 uses the lean Depression years to look for new mines and to develop those it owns within its means, a reviving market in 1935 enables the company to reopen the Star mine in October.

With lead at its lowest price since 1914 and silver lower than anyone can remember, the 1932 annual report of the Idaho state mines inspector notes that the year was “the leanest…in 40 years.” Net operating profits from the Coeur d’Alene District’s mines plummet to $437,013 from $4.2 million just two years earlier.

澳门澳门贵宾厅 acquires the Polaris in 1930. Staked in 1884, it’s one of the oldest claims in the district. Though some are initially skeptical of 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s first real silver venture, a spectacular ore intercept of 24% lead and 125 ounces of silver per ton is discovered in 1944. The Polaris pays 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s dividends through the rest of the 1940s.

1920s

The 1923 Burke fire puts 澳门澳门贵宾厅 out of commission 5 months and 18 days; ore is hoisted again on January 27, 1924. The new 澳门澳门贵宾厅 plant, fireproof and twice as large as the old one, processes ore from both the 澳门澳门贵宾厅 and Star mines. An 8,203-foot crosscut from the bottom of the 澳门澳门贵宾厅 shaft to the 4000 level of the Star mine is completed after 32 months of round-the-clock digging at a pace of 300 feet per month. The longest tunnel in the world at the time, the venture costs $531,887.

Fire sweeps through Burke, Idaho on July 13, 1923 – a Friday – destroying the 澳门澳门贵宾厅 mine buildings, damaging the hoist, and decimating the Burke business district along with 50 homes. Miraculously, no one is injured: men working underground as far down as the 1600 level are hoisted out of the mine before flames cut off the electricity. The rest climb hand-over-hand 2,000 feet to the surface.

1910s

澳门澳门贵宾厅’s last dozen mules – from a much larger team once used underground to haul ore cars and supplies – are retired, thanks to the availability of electrical power.

澳门澳门贵宾厅 stock begins trading on the New York Curb Exchange – later the American Stock Exchange – on September 23, 1915. With the listing, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 begins printing an annual report, which previously had been a typewritten statement from James McCarthy’s handwritten draft.

General manager James F. McCarthy is voted in as president in 1911, the first time the office is not held by one of 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s major shareholders.

1900s

Frank Upman is named president in 1908.

澳门澳门贵宾厅 transfers its records from the offices of Finch and Campbell in Spokane, Washington, to Wallace, Idaho – where it would stay for more than 80 years – on October 14, 1904.

James F. McCarthy takes over 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s daily operations in 1903 and James R. Smith is voted president. Just 36 years old, McCarthy becomes the heart and soul of 澳门澳门贵宾厅 over the next 38 years.

On July 5, 1900, just as Amasa Campbell had forecast, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 pays its first dividend of 2¢ per share. By the end of the year, 澳门澳门贵宾厅 sells $229,550 worth of ore and pays $100,000 in dividends.

1890s

澳门澳门贵宾厅 Mining 澳门澳门贵宾厅 is incorporated in Washington State on July 12, 1898. Amasa B. Campbell is voted president. Capitalized for one million shares with a par value of 25¢, 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s stock rises within three months to 45¢ per share. 澳门澳门贵宾厅’s management begins to buy up the claims adjacent to the 澳门澳门贵宾厅 lead mine, and Campbell exults, “The 澳门澳门贵宾厅 is developing into a wonderful mine.”