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5 Incredible Places That Were Once Mining Sites

Mining companies are in a continuous environmental battle. We frequently hear about the fines they receive and the lawsuits they have to fight; however, we rarely hear about the other spectrum and the positive stories of mining companies giving back to their communities and environment. Here are five incredible and mind-blowing examples of mine reclamation done right from mining sites across North America.

Butchart Gardens – Vancouver, BC

Robert Pim Buchart got his start in the mining industry when he founded Owen Sound Portland Cement Company in 1888, in Ontario, Canada. In 1904, he and his wife Jeannie Foster Kennedy moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he opened the Portland Cement Mill to capitalize on the area’s rich limestone deposits.

As the years went by and the deposits diminished, Mr. Buchart’s wife Jeannie took over and started a labor of love, turning the scarred land into a beautiful garden. Mission accomplished! Butchart Gardens is a renowned tourist destination in British Columbia, and it is on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Below is a picture of the garden as an active mining site. The image above is the Butchart Garden as it is today!

Six Flags Amusement Park and La Cantera Shopping Center, San Antonio, TX

The McDonnell family started the Beckman quarry in San Antonio, TX, in 1934. Rich in limestone, this quarry produced until a fraction of it exhausted its output. This portion of the mine later became the new home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and La Cantera Hill Country Resort. Eventually, the active section of the mine was sold to Martin Marietta in 1998.

Louisville Mega Cavern – Louisville, KY

The Louisville Mega Cavern started humbly in the mid-20th Century as a limestone quarry. The Cavern operated for 42 years, from the 1930s through the 1970s. However, it was purchased by a group of private investors in 1989. The investors brought in tons of recycled rock, brick, block, concrete, and dirt into the Cavern to transform it from a cavernous underground quarry to storage and office space with internal roads, spanning 100 acres.

Old Works Golf Course – Anaconda, MT

The Anaconda Copper Mining Company was founded by Marcus Daly in 1881, when he bought a silver mine, only to discover substantial copper deposits. The company built a smelter, and the copper mine went into production. In 1899, Marcus Daly sold his assets to Henry H. Rogers and William Rockefeller. In 1977, Atlantic Richfield Company purchased the mine, and not long after, closed the smelting plant. Tagged as a Superfund site by the EPA, Atlantic Richfield decided on a reclamation plan that became the Old Works Golf Course in 1997.

Subtropolis Technology Center – Kansas City, MO

Boasting itself as the “World’s Largest Underground Business Complex,” this repurposed underground limestone mine is a 55,000,000 square-foot city underneath Kansas City, MO.

The development of this project was lead by the late Lamar Hunt, owner of Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc. Hunt was also once the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. The underground industrial park opened in 1964 and is still going strong.

Just as these mines have “reinvented” themselves, job seekers sometimes need to do so, as well. Partner with Johnson Search Group, and let’s work together to help you find your next career challenge.

Like the majority of professions, life as a recruiter has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Recruiting During a Pandemic

Like the majority of professions, life as a recruiter has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have had to make the personal adjustment from my regular schedule in the office to working remotely out of my home. However, this transition has been the least of my worries as I am genuinely grateful that I still have a job and get to continue helping people. Every day there are new stories of company furloughs, layoffs, shutdowns, and the future is certainly unclear. BUT it isn’t all doom and gloom! There is an extraordinary number of great things going on in the world; people helping each other and coming together (not physically), people and companies growing and adapting, and believe it or not, companies are hiring.

Manufacturers and miners are still hard at work

While most of my manufacturing clients have scaled back hiring, there are companies out there looking for talent. We have seen beverage manufacturers pivot and boost their manufacturing production of drinking water and have had an enormous push for contract employees. We are also seeing other manufacturing companies shifting their focus and resources to manufacturing equipment to support hospitals and healthcare workers.

Mining is a different story. Aside from my California clients, most of my mining clients are deemed essential businesses. As a result, they are still hiring but taking additional safety measures while interviewing candidates. With these new safety protocols, hiring processes have been significantly delayed. But at the end of the day, they are still hiring, which is undoubtedly a bright spot for everyone.

Good things are soon to come

It’s difficult for hiring managers to give a timeline on when hiring processes will get back to normal. However, as I connect with my clients, the general consensus is that things will pick up here in a few weeks. My advice to job seekers is to update that resume, stay positive, apply to jobs you fit for, and try and connect with a recruiter who specializes in your industry. Although companies and recruiters may be a little slower when it comes to hiring, we can still help you find a new role during these challenging times.

If you’re looking for a new opportunity during the pandemic, check out the JSG Talent Network. We have dozens of new jobs available and offer tons of helpful advice on navigating the current job market.

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3 Rare Metals and Minerals You May Not Know

Gold, Silver, Rhodium, and other metals have been mined and used by mankind for thousands of years. It has only been in recent years that we have shifted our gaze skyward and pondered what geological elements are still lurking in the vast frontier of space. While we are just starting to explore what secrets hide beyond our planet in terms of metals and minerals, there are many here on earth that most of us may not recognize. Here are three rare metals and minerals you probably have never heard of.

Indium

Discovered in 1863, Indium is an incredibly soft metal that resembles Tin in appearance. Today, we use Indium mostly for computer touch screens, solar panels, semiconductor products, and touch screen TVs. This rare metal was also used to dye cotton up until the nineteenth century. The “Indigo” color name came from the bright indigo color in its spectrum.

Painite

Next, we have Painite. When Painite was initially discovered, it was misidentified as a Ruby. It was not until 1950 that this rare, beautiful borate mineral received reclassification. For years, we believed Painite to be one of the rarest minerals on earth. Today, we use Painite in the design of jewelry.

Allanite

Finally, we have Allanite. Thomas Allen, a Scottish Mineralogist (1777-1833), was the first to observe Allanite. This mineral, which contains rare earth elements, can have radioactive properties. It was initially only located in specific areas of California and Texas; however, in 2011, it was located in other regions.

Even though the lure of asteroids holding an untold abundance of Gold, Silver, and Rhodium is ever-present, the earth still has untold secrets pertaining to rare earth elements.

Let us help you discover rare talent

Much like these precious elements, our recruiting team at Johnson Search Group are experts at finding the rarest talent throughout the country. We specialize in sourcing, screening, and placing one-of-a-kind candidates. Therefore, we identify talent that isn’t even on the market and find the best professionals in the business that aligns with your goals and culture. If you are having a hard time finding talented employees, we are happy to help you with your hiring efforts in 2020.

Contract Staffing

Contract Staffing in the Mining Industry? You Bet!

I was recently having a conversation with a customer of a mining operation in Minnesota. We were talking about the tremendous success of our partnership in 2019 and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in 2020. It dawned on me that all the placements we had with this organization in 2019 were direct hires simply because we never had the conversation about using contract staffing. The more we talked about 2020, the more we identified opportunities to bring people on for short term assignments. We are both excited to see the success of adding contractors and look forward to the opportunities that exist going forward!

So, if you haven’t looked at bringing on contractors, here are some of the benefits:

Eliminate hiring costs

The average cost to hire an employee hovers around $4,000. When you need to hire a new team member, there are dozens of direct and indirect costs, including your recruiting staff’s salaries, posting on job boards, application tracking systems, and so much more. Hiring a contractor through Johnson Search Group allows you to eliminate these talent acquisition costs. 

They’re Highly Specialized

Our contractors are highly specialized in what they do, and many of them have completed several successful assignments with us. They’re able to fully comprehend their assignment, adapt to the environment, hit the ground running, and make a big impact quickly.

Try before you buy

We know how important it is to hire someone with the right experience and background. But we know you also want to hire someone with the right soft skills and that will fit in well with the team. At Johnson Search Group, we don’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole. We tailor each search and bring you candidates that are solely interested in a contract to hire role.

Eliminate benefits costs

Do you know how much your full-time employees cost? It’s much more than just their salary. According to a study from MIT, an employee with an annual salary of $50,000 costs an employer between $62K and $70K. These higher costs are due to benefits and other expenses. When hiring a contractor, we carry the burden of those benefits, and you just pay their hourly rate.

Bring contract staffing to your team

Here at Johnson Search Group, we average approximately 5,000 contractors that are on assignment at any one time. We can help many companies across many different industries, including mining, and we can help you. If an extra set of hands would help you get through a backlog of work, complete a project, or get your organization to the next level, reach out to us. Let’s have a conversation about bringing contract staffing to your team.

Mining & Heavy Industrial

How to Get a Mining & Heavy Industrial Job in 2020

The world has changed. Industries and technologies are advancing at lightning speed during today’s revolution. Are you still looking at your job search the same way as you used to? Maybe it’s time to change it up! Mining & Heavy Industrial companies have changed. And so has the job market and the technology these companies use (just look at this recent Jobs Report!).

If you find yourself looking to make a career move, now is a great time to do so. The job market has been scorching hot over the last two years. Along with the new year, companies have new budgets and new goals. Additionally, they have grown accustomed to the tight labor market and developed strategies to quickly hire top talent and beat out their competitors.

To make the most out of this fast-paced market and increase your visibility during your job search, consider the following:

Appeal to Applicant Tracking Systems  

When you apply to a job through a website, your resume is probably not going straight to a hiring manager. First, your resume must pass through applicant tracking systems, internal recruiters, and sometimes even HR.

To ensure your resume gets through to the next level, it’s time to think about keywords. Don’t assume the first person looking at your resume is technical enough to know every area of your job function. For example, if you are an electrical maintenance professional, instead of using the acronym PLC, spell out “programmable logic controller.”

Additionally, be sure to cover all your bases. You took the time to apply to the company you want to work for, but did you do your best to ensure they understand your full potential? One of the benefits of working with a recruiter who specializes in the industry is we are your biggest advocate. We have strong relationships with hiring managers, and we will help champion you through the entire hiring process.

Find a company that’s right for you  

I like to think of this blog as a tool for improving your current position or better defining your job search. With the market this hot, there is room to really consider the right opportunity when making a change.

What skills do you have that can benefit an employer? What technologies are you proficient with that an employer will find valuable? Companies are looking to advance technology to increase every aspect of their operations: production, reliability, environmental compliance, safety, and inventory planning. Plant Managers today can look at a tablet, know the time of an order, the inventory on hand to complete it, and study a maintenance schedule all within moments.

This is where you can really bring it all together. Spend some time researching. Look at what development projects companies have in press releases. If you are absolutely against unmanned mining equipment, maybe don’t go work for a company whose mission statement is to decrease workplace injury by reducing the number of machines that require operators.

If you find a company that is continuously investing in R&D, and you just think it’s cool, say so! Stand out during the interviewing process by letting the hiring manager see your excitement. It demonstrates intent. Make yourself the prime candidate. Energy and intention, while highlighting your ability to do the job, could be the thing that puts you over the top.

Try before you buy  

Have you ever considered a contract opportunity? We place a tremendous number of contractors in the mining and heavy industrial space. This is a great way to “try before you buy.” Many contract opportunities also allow you to transition into a full-time position after the completion of your contract assignment. You can really get a first-hand impression of your potential new company with a contract position.

Need help finding your next career move?   

So, if you’re ready to pursue a mining & heavy industrial job in 2020, we can help. With 35 years in business, Johnson Search Group recruits on both contract and permanent roles. We have a team of recruiters that specialize in several industries across the U.S. and Canada. Let’s work together to find you your next big career move!

Mining and Heavy Industrial

2019 Recap: Mining and Heavy Industrial Recruiting Trends

We had another record-breaking year at Johnson Search Group in 2019, and we are excited to continue to help our clients fill their critical positions in 2020. When planning for the new year, I was reflecting on 2019 and noticed some common trends in the Mining and Heavy Industrial Industry: the tight job market, the gap in skilled trades, and the most popular jobs. These are popular trends from 2019 that I experienced and believe will continue to be prevalent in 2020.

Job Market

The unemployment rate staying under four percent throughout 2019 created a very tight and competitive job market. This directly affects companies and how they must go about landing top talent. Most candidates are not on the job market for long, and companies needed to adjust their hiring process to get the candidates they desire successfully.

This also results in candidates having the ability to be pickier when selecting the opportunities they pursue. Moreover, candidates can also demand more cards when negotiating their compensations and other benefits.

The skilled trade gap

This trend is probably the one that affected my recruiting efforts the most in 2019. So much so that I wrote a blog about this particular topic last August. Every client I work with has come to me in need of maintenance technicians, millwrights, mechanics, welders, etc. These are some of the hardest working and dedicated people I have had the pleasure to work with, and I was fortunate enough to provide new opportunities for a significant number of them last year. The hard part is, with the how in demand these skilled trade candidates are, you won’t find them unemployed. As an employer in need of these highly skilled professionals, you must be willing to provide better compensation and benefits to get them to move.

Most wanted mining and heavy industrial jobs

Throughout last year, many roles were in high demand all year long; however, there were three positions in Mining and Heavy Industrial Manufacturing that were hotter than the rest for my clients. EHS positions, Process Engineers, and I&E professionals were by far the most wanted candidates in 2019. And guess what? In the first two weeks of 2020, I am working on all three of these roles! I don’t see the demand for these positions slowing down in 2020. And with the push for Six Sigma and continuous improvement, I can see myself recruiting on Process Engineers all year long. And I can’t complain, I love filling these roles and working with that specific workforce.

Let’s work together to navigate today’s tight market

2019 was personally my most successful year, and I am looking forward to taking this momentum into the new year. If you are currently struggling to find the talent to help grow your organization or boost production, please get in contact with me ASAP so we can discuss working together.

Six Sigma

Why Manufacturers Want Candidates with Six Sigma Experience

As a Mining and Heavy Industrial recruiter, my team and I are all working with dozens of manufacturing organizations across the country. Over the first three quarters of 2019, we have noticed several hiring trends throughout the manufacturing industry. Many of our clients are creating a massive push for candidates with Six Sigma experience.

But what is Six Sigma, and why are employers searching for candidates with these qualifications?

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is the methodology that helps organizations improve the performance, production, and efficiency in their business processes. It decreases variation, reduces defects, and improves your organizations’ quality. Essentially, Six Sigma “views all work as processes that can be defined, measured, analyzed, improved, and controlled,” according to the American Society for Quality.

Six Sigma was the brainchild of Motorola engineer Bill Smith in 1980. Six Sigma was Bill’s statistical approach designed to increase profitability and reduce defects. These manufacturing principals generated billions of dollars for Motorola. By 1995, Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric, made this philosophy central to his business strategy at GE and this philosophy soon spread throughout the manufacturing industry like a wildfire.

Why is it so valuable to employers?

Six Sigma saves manufacturers money by improving processes throughout the company. Thus, if a candidate holds one of these certifications, they are a hot commodity in today’s labor market. These certifications validate a candidate’s skills necessary to identify errors in a given process and find solutions to eliminate them. In other words, candidates with these certifications can improve your operations by eliminating inefficiencies and reducing waste.

So, whether your organization needs engineers, technicians, or QC/QA professionals, candidates with these certifications are highly desirable. If your operations require candidates with such Six Sigma qualifications, reach out to me. Our team here at Johnson Search Group has a pipeline of professionals with these certifications that are looking to make an immediate impact within a new company.

What Would Happen If The World Stopped Mining?

What Would Happen If The World Stopped Mining?

No matter what side of the fence you are on, one must agree that mining is a necessity in our modern world. Without it, we would not be capable of new technologies that allow us to advance; nor would we be able to maintain our current standard of living. So, what would happen if the world suddenly stopped mining tomorrow?

  • Automobiles, both gas and electric would disappear.
  • 27 States would lose 25% of their electricity output.
  • No nails to hammer projects home.
  • No more high rises, bridges, airplanes, trains, or space exploration.
  • Granite, marble, and anything steel in homes would be gone. Formica would make a huge comeback! Oops… it uses a white crystalline compound (borax). No Formica, either!
  • Anything plastic; molded or otherwise.
  • Nuclear energy?
  • Renewables? Well, that can’t happen without mining!
  • Like that Fitbit?
  • No more Televisions.
  • No more smartphones – or phones – period.
  • Computers, unfortunately, also gone
  • Not my Alexa??!!!??
  • No more going to the gym… phew! (at least one good thing would come of it)
  • Some medicines would disappear, and the medical advancements over hundreds of years would disappear. Need a knee replacement? Pacemaker? Dialysis? Surgery? Sorry.
  • Gold and Silver used in pretty much all technology out there – poof! A historical form of money throughout millennium – gone.

The World Cannot Do Away With Mining

We are too far advanced and too accustomed to our lifestyles for that to happen. The recruiting team here at JSG is privileged to work with some of the best clients and candidates out there. These companies and men and women of mining are responsible for the comfort in your life and the advancements in our technology. Instead of complaining about how destructive mining is; think about how deconstructed your world would be.

Is there a story out there in there in mining that you would like to see in my next blog? Please reach out to me and let’s talk! I love to hear personal stories and mining history from the mining family out there!

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Hiring Challenges in the Mining Industry

Over the past decade, the mining industry has faced many challenges. But probably one of the most significant challenges employers are facing today is pitfalls in hiring. Sure, every industry is experiencing difficulties finding the talent they need with a near 50-year low unemployment rate and a record-setting quit rate of 2.4 percent. However, the mining industry is having a particularly difficult time finding candidates to fill their jobs – some of which have vacant positions open for months. Here are three hiring challenges the mining industry is struggling within today’s tight market.

Skills gap

There are tens of thousands of skilled trade job openings in the mining industry. Whether it be electricians, I&E technicians, millwrights, or maintenance mechanics, there are not as many people entering careers in these skilled trade fields. In fact, by 2020, approximately 31 million Baby Boomers will retire from skilled trade positions. As a result of this gap, many employers in this industry will continue to struggle to fill their essential skilled trade positions. So, when you do find a candidate with the skillsets your team needs, you will have to offer them competitive compensation to attract (and retain) them to your organization.

Remote communities

Many mining operations are in remote communities with smaller populations. As a result, it can be challenging to find fresh talent to fill your vacant roles in the mining world. Many of the qualified workers in your community already worked for your operation and may not be interested in returning. Since the skills gap keeps growing, you may need to look outside of your local community to find the talent you need. And that means considering offering relocation packages.

If you are genuinely in need of talent, it may be time to offer a relocation package to those talented workers outside of your community. It may be bringing someone in from another part of your state or across the country. Unfortunately, in this tight market, employers often must look outside their local market to source skilled laborers.

Good candidates are a diamond in the rough

Mining professionals don’t sit at a desk and computer all day – they are out in the field working with their hands. Some of these individuals are working second and third shift, and thus, working odd hours. Sometimes, these individuals are working underground or deep in rural America, where they don’t have access to the internet or technology. Therefore, they may be more challenging to reach on a day-to-day basis. It’s more than likely you won’t find these skilled workers on job boards, LinkedIn, or their resumes floating around online.

Mining professionals are difficult to find. If your operation requires some assistance to find these elusive professionals, reach out to Johnson Search Group. Our Mining & Heavy Industrial division specializes in sourcing talented mining professionals throughout the United States. Partner with one of our expert recruiters, and let’s find the talent you need to keep your production fluid.

Recycling & It's Impact On Mining & Heavy Industrial

Recycling And The Impact On Mining & Heavy Industrial

Recycling & It's Impact On Mining & Heavy Industrial

Everyone is familiar with recycling. Whether you have a bin at home, reuse your grocery bags, or even just print documents at work double-sided. But today I encourage you to look at the bigger picture. How is recycling impacting the mining and heavy industrial world?

Recycling Nickel

Tesla has recently noted that the global supply of nickel is potentially a limiting factor in growth for battery production. Assuming the majority of my readers are in the United States, what does that mean? Where does the US even get its nickel (Ni)? There has only been one active Ni mine in the US in recent years, with a large amount of the world’s Ni production based in Canada.

There are, however, hundreds of recycling companies that pull valuable materials from used batteries. Every time you recycle a battery, you are preventing a potential environmental hazard from leaking into the environment. Additionally, you could be helping the advancement of one of the most innovative companies of our time.

Speaking to the environmental impact, I work to place candidates with one of the major recyclers in this space. I know firsthand that they stick to the strictest environmental standards, going above and beyond the regulations placed on them. In partnering with them to find top talent, I work directly to find the highest caliber of candidates who not only meet but exceed environmental standards.

Paper Recycling

Another industry I recruit in regularly is papermaking. I think most people can count on one hand the number of handwritten letters they have composed recently, but that doesn’t mean that paper is on the way out! Consider print advertising, packaging for consumables (food), and shipping. When you recycle that box from your favorite online retailer, it’s broken down for the production of more paper.

In addition to reducing the raw fiber materials (trees), you can help reduce the volume it would take in a landfill. When organic material breaks down, it creates gasses, something that landfills have had to learn to manage and utilize. Paper and wood mills alike use waste to generate their own utilities. This further saves a drain on solid-state fuels and natural gas. I worked with a gentleman who was able to generate more recovery power than a primary power generator at a major paper mill.

Additional High-Impact Areas

The list of mining and heavy industrial components impacted by recycling is long. Asphalt is recycled and reused. The fly ash from power generation contributes to the manufacturing of cement. The dust from certain types of steel manufacturing can be recycled to recover materials. I have worked with mining companies that create their own water collection and treatment facilities. They then design beautiful habitats for wildlife. Some of the country’s top engineers and specialists remain on staff to maintain a healthy environment.

For consumers and companies alike, there is plenty of room to make an impact. Whether on the environment, industry, or simply the availability of products you use every day. For employers in the mining & heavy industrial space, finding the best possible talent is not quite so easy. If you have found it challenging to recruit and hire talented candidates who share your passion and commitment to the environment, let’s talk. I can connect you with people who will help you achieve production goals, equipment availability, environmental commitment, or financial control and forecasting. Reach out to me so I can learn how to help your company discover the talent you need to continue making an impact.