Deb McCauley and Scott Stein
The second annual Iron Range Miners’ Expo Tool & Equipment Showcase at the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) in Chisholm took a major step forward as a premier, regional event this year.
The two-day event, held September 11- 12, drew over 90 local, regional and national exhibitors. It also drew something equally important — an engaged crowd.
“This event was designed for the iron miners and leaders in this industry,” said MDC Executive Director Lisa Vesel. “We wanted to create an event that showcased the industry and gave Iron Rangers an opportunity to see and learn about the available and latest equipment and technology.”
Over 2,500 people attended the event, a nearly 70 percent increase over last year’s inaugural expo. The numbers are a sign that the event has gained traction inside the industry and from the regional community. However, we need to continue to reach out and build relationships with key stakeholders in the mining industry and regional communities to better serve their needs.