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Website outlines Sault bid for ferrochrome facility

Sault Ste. Marie one of four communities bidding for facility
The City of Sault Ste. Marie is one of four communities bidding to host Noront Resources’ ferrochrome processing facility, which will handle ore mined from the Ring of Fire. (File photo)

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has launched a website to compile and disseminate information about its bid to host Noront Resources’ ferrochrome processing facility.

The site – – offers details such as frequently asked questions, a project timeline, and updates, as well as a section where visitors can offer feedback.

“We’re in the very early stages of this proposed development, and we’re using the website to communicate with the public and provide citizens with background information,” said project lead Dan Hollingsworth, executive director of business development for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, in a Jan. 8 news release.

“We’re committed to releasing as many details as possible as our team works its way through the proposal process.”

Noront Resources is planning to build a ferrochrome processing facility somewhere in Northern Ontario to handle ore mined from its Ring of Fire property in Ontario’s James Bay lowlands.

Although construction of the project is still years away, the company said last summer it was looking for a site for the processing facility and had narrowed the options to Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Timmins.

The deadline for those communities to submit their pitches to Noront is Feb. 2.

If approved, the Noront processing facility is expected to employ between 300 and 500 people, and another 1,000 spinoff jobs are expected to be created.