Nevada Mining Blog

Meet Your Miners: Third-Generation Miner Phillip Sledge Finds Opportunity in the Many Fields of Nevada Mining

January 22nd, 2015

Work in the mining industry is a lifetime career for many; for a few it spans generations. Phillip Sledge is a 29-year veteran of the mining industry and a third-generation miner. He graduated from Central Arizona College and attended the Colorado School of Mines. After working directly in mines for 14 years, he transitioned to a career as a supplier of products and services.

Today, Sledge works as an Area Manager of Western US Mining at Contech Engineered Solutions—a company he has worked with for three years. He feels his experience working in the mines has given him an advantage working in supplies. Read the rest of this entry »

Membership Monday: Harrah’s and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Provide Meeting Space and Recreation to Nevada Mining

January 19th, 2015

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe are two properties located on beautiful Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. The two hotels are steps away from each other, and give guests plenty of options for dining, entertainment, recreation and gaming at the lake town. The hotels are perfect locations for conventions and meetings.

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Meet Your Miners: Nevada Mining’s Jason Ashby Keeps It All in the Family

January 8th, 2015

For some, following the career paths of their parents is a given. For others, it could feel like the worst idea in the world. But for the Ashby family, well…it just plain makes sense.

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Membership Monday: Industrial Electric Motor Service Powers Nevada Mining and Beyond

January 5th, 2015

Industrial Electric Motor Service Inc. (EMS) supplies electric motors, parts and services to petrochemical, marine mining, dredging and construction companies. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company offers new, used and reconditioned electric motors of sizes from 1 to 10,000 horsepower to a wide variety of industries.

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Membership Monday: Whitney Peak Hotel Provides Event Space for Nevada Mining Companies

December 29th, 2014

Whitney Peak Hotel, located in Reno, Nevada, provides hospitality services to visitors of Reno, and serves as an event space for mining companies. It is the first non-smoking, non-gaming luxury boutique hotel in Reno. Whitney Peak Hotel caters to those who love the outdoors, with its proximity to the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe. Even in bad weather, guests can get active with the hotel’s BaseCamp indoor bouldering park for kids and adults. The park even has the world’s tallest exterior climbing wall, towering over the property at 164 feet tall.

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Meet Your Miners: Andrew Heinemann Races Through Life and Career in Nevada Mining

December 25th, 2014

A career in mining can be highly technical, and require a veritable arsenal of skills. Beyond the workplace, however, miners have remarkable interests, and unique hobbies.

Andrew Heinemann works as a Mine Engineer and Geologist at Benchmark Resources, a California-based planning and environmental firm that manages project permitting and regulatory compliance for residential, commercial and other clients.

Heinemann received his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento and his master’s in Mining Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Having worked in mining for over 18 years, he says some of his favorite things about working in mining include meeting interesting people from around the world, and traveling to unique places.

Mining may be his day job, but Heinemann is also a serious cyclist, participating in an impressive number of races throughout California and Nevada. With almost 30 races under his belt in 2014, there is much more to this miner than the talents he brings to his career on a daily basis. His specialty is sprint cycling. He says his favorite bike movie is E.T.

While bikes and mining may not go together at first glance, take a step back and look at the amazing bond that joins such varied areas of interest. Beyond the walls of their day jobs, miners have a variety of passions and interests that may surprise you.

Membership Monday: Hidden Valley Insurance Provides Coverage for Liabilities

December 22nd, 2014

Hidden Valley Insurance is a full-service insurance agency based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company provides insurance services to individuals and companies locally and throughout the country. With a wide range of insurance products, Hidden Valley is able to meet a wide range of needs for every client, including those working in Nevada mining.

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Meet Your Miners: From Gridiron to Gold Mining, Michael Eiselein Follows Unconventional Path to Career in Nevada Mining

December 11th, 2014

There are many paths that lead to a career in mining, and yet Mike Eiselein, Process Manager at Barrick Goldstrike Mines, has a unique story to tell.

He came to mining after a football scholarship led him to Montana Tech University. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, but excelled at math and science, so metallurgy seemed to be a natural fit.

“I did some internship assignments in a gold processing plant during my summers in college and really loved the work,” he said. “The rest is history.”

Eiselein has worked in mining for a total of 23 years, 13 of which he worked at Barrick, and is particularly grateful for the opportunities the industry has opened up in his life—personally, professionally and economically.

“This career has provided an excellent standard of living for me and my family,” he said. “I’ve lived and worked in interesting places and had many interesting career challenges over the years.”

Eiselein reflects positively on the improvements to the mining industry over the years.

“The mining industry has evolved dramatically over the years to become more sustainable and socially responsible,” he said.

He stressed a need for increased technology and human resources in mining, saying that the industry should provide exciting challenges for young professionals for decades to come. Eiselein is absolutely confident that mining will continue to be crucial in the future.

“The fact remains that raw materials, metals and energy create wealth and drive economies…the need for mining and minerals careers will always be there,” he said.

Membership Monday: Lubricating Specialties Company Ensures Nevada Mining Equipment Runs Smoothly

December 8th, 2014

Founded in 1928, Lubricating Specialties Company is a contract blender and packager of lubricants and greases. It serves various industries, including food, drilling, military, automotive and industrial. These lubricants are also used in the mining industry to ensure drills and other machines run smoothly.

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 Five Honored for Service, Safety and Environmental Excellence in Mining

December 3rd, 2014

Today the American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) presented awards to four individuals and one company at its 120th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Sparks, Nevada.

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