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#1 Regional Minerals Conference in the Midwest

April 17 - 19, 2017 | Duluth, MN

The 90th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Section of SME is the top performing regional minerals conference in the Midwest featuring a wide range of session topics addressing pressing industry issues, emerging industry trends and latest industry technology developments. The conference is hosted annually in Duluth, Minnesota and has a long history of being one of the top performing regional conferences in the iron ore industry.

About the SME Minnesota Conference

Think Global, Mine Local

Every year, nearly 20 tons of new minerals must be provided for every person in the United States to make the things we use daily, from the iron ore used to build cars, buildings, and bridges to the copper used to carry the electricity powering your laptop.We live in a global marketplace where minerals as products travel around the world before they arrive at our front door. As a society, we are becoming more concerned about how products we purchase are being manufactured and are asking that our products be sustainably created. Sustainable development calls on the mining industry, like all industries, to consider its influence on people, places, and products at every stage - to always think beyond our operation's boundaries to the world beyond. In order to ensure that minerals are brought into the global marketplace in a responsible manner, we need to support our local mines that emphasize safe working practices, fair labor conditions, and environmental stewardship while providing a quality product. A sustainable society starts here.


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With attendees and exhibitors on how to address the top threats to your company


Solutions that you can implement today to help your thrive tomorrow

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From the SME Store

Prepare for the SME Minnesota Conference the right way with some featured books from the SME store.
Browse new titles and topics to find exactly what you are looking for. Learn more about the store at www.smenet.org/store

Mine Health and Safety Management

Mine Health and Safety Management presents aspects of management, leadership, regulation, and compliance that pertain to mining health and safety. It focuses on instilling a safety culture and fostering the ability to recognize and manage health and safety responsibilities and requirements.

Fundamentals of Aqueous Metallurgy

Water-based techniques are widely used in minerals processing to separate valuable minerals and ore from less desirable materials. This comprehensive technical reference provides an overview of aqueous metallurgy and its applications in mineral processing operations.

Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy

Here is the information you need to face the ever-increasing technological, economic, environmental, and geopolitical challenges of this industry and ensure long-term productivity and growth for your organization. Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy: 100 Years of Innovation presents more than a century of innovation drivers that have advanced the mineral processing industry.

Mine Rescue Manual

Be Prepared Before You Have a Mine Accident! Let's hope you never face a mine disaster. But if you do, you need expert help at your fingertips, and you need it NOW! Keep this book close at hand, just in case. Buy extra copies for your key management and safety staff, and make sure they read it before you need it.

Mining Valuation Handbook: Mining Energy Valuation

Equity markets have experienced turbulent times in recent years, particularly in resource valuations and commodity prices. In this international bestseller, Victor Rudenno once again provides comprehensive, current information on mining and unravels some of the mystery surrounding the resources industry.

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Be a Part of the SME Minnesota Conference

Attending the SME Minnesota Conference is not only the perfect opportunity to boost your professional growth, but is the perfect conference to meet new like minded individuals and explore new technologies and innovations on the show floor.

Take this opportunity to become part of a growing network of regional professionals and attend the SME Minnesota Conference in April 2017.

Exhibiting at the SME Minnesota Conference opens a world of opportunity. With a regionally focused and iron ore industry specific group of attendees, exhibitors will find that the professionals they are meeting are highly focused, highly motivated and seeking opportunities specific to their needs. The conference floor features 200 exhibit spaces, the perfect size to allow for a more intimate conference experience. Don't delay, reserve your exhibit space today!

Looking for a way to promote your company and showcase your committement to the industry? Sponsoring at the SME Minnesota Conference can help to expand your onsite marketing opportunities and to help you generate qualified leads. With many different sponsorship opportunities available, your organization can choose a level of exposure that fits your marketing needs. Take a look at our available sponsorship opportunities and get involved today.

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