MACLEAN MARKS PRODUCTION MILESTONE FOR A PARADIGM CHANGER IN UNDERGROUND MINING

500TH 900 SERIES SCISSOR BOLTER SHIPS TO AGNICO EAGLE’S GOLDEX MINE

Collingwood, Ontario [8 September 2021] – The MacLean 900 Series scissor bolter design turned thirty years old in 2021 and the manufacturer recently shipped out production unit #500 to a longstanding customer – Agnico Eagle’s Goldex mine in Val d’Or, Quebec. A ceremony will be held underground at the mine later this month, to mark the milestone.

The first commercialized 900 Series unit was introduced in the early 1990s in Ontario. Three decades later, the safety, versatility, productivity, and quality of installation that this mining vehicle provides has helped change the way ground support installation is done in hard rock mines across Canada.

“This manufacturing milestone, representing the collective efforts of so many people at the company over the years, is something that I’m proud to celebrate and deeply grateful for,” notes MacLean President, Kevin MacLean. “It also underscores the importance of longstanding customer relationships, so it’s fitting that the 500th unit is going to Agnico Eagle in the Abitibi, where the MacLean mining story started and where the company’s future will be written in support of Agnico Eagle operations in Quebec, Nunavut, and Mexico.”

“At Agnico Eagle, we are very pleased to be a part of Maclean’s success and celebrate with them this important milestone. We have had a long-lasting business relationship with Maclean and, throughout our operations, our people greatly appreciate the products and support they provide. We hope to continue building on this relationship in the future,” adds Dominic Caron – Agnico Eagle Strategic procurement superintendent.

“Relentless, customer-focused product development is how we built a sustainable business over the years,” adds Don MacLean, founder of MacLean Engineering in 1973 and active as Chairman of the company to this day. “Of course, without customers to innovate for, none of what achieved would have been possible, so I want to personally thank Agnico Eagle for believing in our products and our people as we grew alongside them over the decades. The respect is definitely mutual.”

Stay tuned in the coming months for information releases about the next generation of MacLean bolter, which will include leading-edge robotics and remote control.

“If you want to talk paradigm change, this is it,” states Steve Denomme, Product Line Manager for Bolting. “The next thirty years of influence could be even greater that than the first thirty, so I’m honoured to be part of the MacLean team working in close engagement with our customer base, to transform bolting ideas into working solutions for the mines of the 21st century. We’re using advanced vehicle technologies to their greatest benefit in the underground environment, always in the name of safety and productivity.”

For more information:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood, ON

slister@macleanengineering.com
705.241.3247 (c)

MacLean designs, manufactures, and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, and waste management sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment in the ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean remains based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario with service and support branches across Canada as well as a global network of manufacturing facilities and branches in the United States, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and Australia. 
www.macleanengineering.com

MACLEAN MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF PARADIGM CHANGER IN UNDERGROUND MINING

FIRST MACLEAN SCISSOR BOLTER DESIGNED 30 YEARS AGO, MODEL RAPIDLY APPROACHING 500-UNIT PRODUCTION MILESTONE, ALL 900 SERIES BOLTERS SOLD IN 2021 TO RECEIVE COMMEMORATIVE NAMEPLATE


Collingwood, Ontario [13 May 2021]
 – Safety, versatility, productivity, and quality of installation. Designed for a single operator, always working under protected ground, with a full shift’s worth of storage space for bolting consumables. The MacLean Bolter is the Ground Support Engineer’s ultimate tool, providing the flexibility to put in any type of ground support to produce the highest quality of support cost effectively. These are the defining features of the MacLean bolting philosophy that the company’s 900 Series bolter design embodies and 2021 marks the model’s 30th anniversary year of making underground mining safer and the bolting application more productive.

MacLean recently shipped the first of its 30th anniversary 900 Series bolters from the company’s main manufacturing facility in Collingwood, Ontario. The unit, a 975 Omnia scissor bolter, was sold to a contractor working at an underground gold mine in northwest British Columbia.

The first commercialized 900 Series unit was sold in the early 1990s to a then INCO-owned mine in the Sudbury basin. Three decades later the mining vehicle that helped to bring about a bolting safety and productivity paradigm change in Canadian hard rock mining, will soon reach its 500-unit manufacturing milestone.  

“This piece of mobile mining equipment has propelled the shift over three decades from manual to semi-mechanized bolting, with all the accompanying safety and productivity benefits that move brought about,” notes Steve Denomme, global Product Line Manager for Bolting at MacLean. “Reaching this production milestone for the MacLean bolting system is significant in and of itself and, it also sets up the next chapter in MacLean ground support solutions – fully automated, robotics-integrated bolting.”

“The importance of this product for the company and its contribution to the industry is worthy of marking, but we’re not standing still,” adds MacLean President, Kevin MacLean. “We are now hard at work in the product development and testing phase for the next generation of Maclean bolter that will follow in the footsteps of the original Maclean paradigm-changer but also forge its own path by introducing robotics to our bolting philosophy and engineered design. Stay tuned because exciting things are on the horizon.”

“I want to take the opportunity this manufacturing milestone presents, to thank the Canadian mining in particular, whose support across the decades for this product has been deep and enduring,” remarks MacLean founder, Don MacLean. “When I designed the first MacLean scissor bolter all those years ago with my original senior engineer, we thought that the very best case was a market potential of a few hundred units. I was wrong and this production milestone is proof that the 900 Series solution was sound. I can’t wait to introduce the next generation of MacLean bolting that will be our foundation for global market growth over the next 30 years.”

For more information:

Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood ON
705.241.3247 (c)

Maclean Launches Industry First: Battery Electric Shotcrete Sprayer and Mobile Concrete Truck, Purpose-Designed for Underground Mining

LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE MACLEAN EV SERIES MOBILE EQUIPMENT PRODUCT LINE ROUND OUT COMPANY’S OFFER FOR ZERO-EMISSIONS GROUND SUPPORT INSTALLATION
MEDIA RELEASE

Collingwood, Ontario [4 March 2021] – The commercial release of the latest additions to the MacLean EV SeriesTM fleet of diesel-free mining vehicles was marked yesterday with a live launch event from underground at the company’s Research and Training Facility in Greater Sudbury. The combination of the ss5 Shotcrete Sprayer and TM3 Transmixer now provide underground mining companies with an additional option for zero-emissions ground support installation from MacLean, either from the new battery electric sprayer and tumbler combination or from battery electric rock bolting using the 975 Omnia EV Bolter, launched in 2016. 

The ss5 product launch milestone not only marks the first-ever MacLean battery electric sprayer and industry first articulated EV sprayer specifically designed for the underground mining application, it also represents a complete re-design of the MacLean shotcrete sprayer from the wheels up. This includes a new carrier and a new, ergonomically designed operator’s cab with greatly enhanced visibility and noise attenuation to support in-cab spraying. In addition, new dosing control and real-time thickness measurement technologies have been integrated into the ss5 design to reduce the amount of process chemicals used as well as improve the quality and reduce the quantity of shotcrete applied.

The new and improved MacLean ss5 and TM3 offer the mining industry a solution tailored to the application and the underground environment. The launch of the two latest MacLean battery electric mining vehicles means the company can now offer a complete, full-fleet electrification across the ground support, secondary reduction, and utility vehicle product lines.

“We knew with ss5 design we had a great opportunity to build on the success of the first EV unit MacLean introduced to the mining world back in 2016, the 975 Omnia Bolter, to give customers a complete solution for diesel-free operations within the ground support portion of the mining cycle,” notes Jonathan Lavallee, global product manager for the MacLean shotcrete product line. “Having access to a test decline right in our own backyard in Greater Sudbury made the process of fine tuning the unit’s design both more rapid and more successful in terms of being able to offer the industry a zero DPM, ‘no boots on the ground’ shotcreting solution that delivers substantive improvements in safety as well as installation efficiency and quality.”

“Having an applied research lab to connect the fit-for-purpose engineered design work being undertaken by our Advanced Vehicle Technology team with our manufacturing expertise and underground mining experience, has proven to an accelerator for our ability to deliver tech-enabled mining vehicle solutions to customers around the globe,” adds Patrick Marshall, Vice President of Product Management at MacLean. “When we say, ‘we build for life underground’, this is what we mean – I can’t wait to see these battery electric units working together at mines around the globe.”

For more information:

Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood ON

705.241.3247 (c)

Cambrian College and Maclean Establish Practical Training and Applied Research Partnership for 21st Century Mining

MACLEAN RESEARCH AND TRAINING FACILITY TO BE SITE OF INDUSTRIAL BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLE MAINTENANCE TRAINING, ON-VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATOR
Two workers talking beside boom truck

Collingwood, Ontario [20 January 2021] – Canada’s largest manufacturer of underground mining vehicles is partnering with Sudbury’s Cambrian College to support skills and technology development for the electric, automated, and digitalized mine of today and tomorrow. The MacLean Research and Training Facility in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, is set to host the practical component of Cambrian’s Industrial Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance Course. Cambrian’s curriculum, developed in part with MacLean technical input, is designed for Heavy Duty technicians currently working in the mining sector.

Test mine

In addition to delivering corporate training courses, Cambrian’s Centre for Smart Mining is also the only federally recognized Technology Access Centre specific to the mining technology sector, with funding to support technology development and acceleration. As such, the Cambrian-MacLean strategic skills and technology partnership will focus both on the training of heavy duty mechanics to support battery electric vehicle (BEV) fleets, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of mechatronics workers in the mining industry by providing Cambrian students with the opportunity to work directly with the MacLean Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) team based out of the company’s Research and Training Facility.

Miners walking in led lighted area

“Practical training for BEV mechanics and applied research opportunities for the next generation of mechatronics professionals to facilitate the adoption of on-vehicle technology – these are concrete examples of MacLean leveraging its test decline in Greater Sudbury to make a difference in the industry,” remarks Stella Holloway, General Manager for Northern Ontario Operations at MacLean. “This is a chance for us to walk the talk when it comes to ramping up our research and training facility to actively support long-term, positive change in mining and I’m thrilled that we’re doing this in partnership with Cambrian.”

“Successful innovation depends on great collaboration, and I think this partnership with MacLean is a perfect example,” says Stephen Gravel, Manager of Cambrian’s Centre for Smart Mining. “No single educational institution or company can drive change entirely on its own, but rather it’s a spirit of cooperation that will help us drive innovation in mining of the 21st century and that’s why I’m confident we’ll succeed.”

For more information:

For more information:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood, ON

slister@macleanengineering.com
705.241.3247 (c)

Dan Lessard
Manager, Communications
Cambrian College

Daniel.lessard@cambriancollege.ca

705-929-0786



MacLean designs, manufactures, and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, and waste management sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment in the ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean remains based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario with service and support branches across Canada as well as a global network of manufacturing facilities and branches in the United States, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and Australia. 

www.macleanengineering.com

About the Cambrian Centre for Smart Mining:

Based in the international mining capital of Sudbury, Canada, The Centre for Smart Mining (CSM) de-risks and demystifies new technologies. Hundreds of companies are seeking entry to the mining sector and the CSM can be their gateway. The CSM facilitates new technology adoption in the mining sector. We focus on mining technology companies as a main client base and the mining end users. Our areas of expertise include: digital technologies, underground communications, mechatronics solutions, and battery powered and connected mining vehicles.

www.cambriancollege.ca

MacLean Engineering and Maestro Digital Mine bring underground connectivity to the MacLean Research and Demonstration Facility

Sudbury, ON. Canada – September 15, 2020 MacLean Engineering continues to advance its innovative Research and Demonstration Facility in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. MacLean, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet™ – a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground.

The MacLean mobile equipment R&D lab allows the company to develop and test new mining technologies completely in-house. The underground test facility consists of a 300m (1,000 foot) decline (at an average grade of 15%) that branches into multiple headings and testing areas. The facility comes with additional shop and office space providing MacLean engineers and operator trainers the ideal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.

Maestro Digital Mine works with mining companies around the world to address the challenges associated with traditional communication backbone solutions (broadband and fiber). MacLean identified the value and benefits of Maestro’s backbone network solution and worked with the team at Maestro to install the system. The Plexus PowerNet™ quickly and simply extends the mines existing communications network to the face.

Image of a group of underground miners standing in front of a MacLean mining vehicle.

“Collaboration up and down the supply chain is critical to making innovation happen in the underground mining sector at home and around the globe,” notes Stuart Lister, MacLean’s VP Marketing and Communications. “We’re delighted to work with another company in Greater Sudbury’s mining ecosystem, Maestro Digital Mine, to get their top-of-the-line digital infrastructure installed at our Research and Demonstration Facility where it will be backbone of our automation product development.”

Plexus PowerNet™ delivers a high speed, low latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to Access Points (APs), cameras and other IP based devices. The system eliminates the need for costly outside fiber optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any internal tradesperson or development miner. The Plexus PowerNet™ can be used in mines with or without a fiber optic network. It supports existing underground mine infrastructure and provide network connectivity to new IIoT devices and automation technologies for Digital Mines, such as the MacLean R&D Facility.

Plexus provides a robust, simple to deploy, one cable solution for network connectivity. Plexus makes installation simple, using a single coaxial cable that carries both power and network connectivity. This eliminates the need to run both fiber and power to new network devices. The EZ Advance Nodes provide an easy way to terminate, troubleshoot and deploy industry standard IP devices from the Plexus PowerNet™ embedded network switch. The Plexus has been designed for the quickest “last mile” of communication.

Michael Gribbons, Co-founder and CEO, Maestro Digital Mine, remarked that, “Our vision for the Plexus is to change the way that underground mines communicate and to strip out complexity in automation jobs and make configuration flexible and easy. We strive to make the complex, simple. Working with MacLean Engineering, the Plexus accelerates their time to connectivity and enables MacLean to bring in other new and innovative digital technologies and automation equipment for testing and demonstration at their Centre. We are honoured to be part of the MacLean R&D Facility. This underground R&D lab continues to build upon the strength and wealth of mining knowledge and expertise in Greater Sudbury and Northern Ontario.”

To learn more about the Plexus PowerNet™ visit: www.maestrodigitalmine.com/products/plexus-powernet

About MacLean Engineering:
MacLean Engineering designs, manufactures, markets, and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental, and industrial goods sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range mining cycle support across all underground mining methods in ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean is based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices across Canada as well as in the US, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and Australia, providing service and support to a global client base. www.macleanengineering.com

About Maestro Digital Mine:
Maestro Digital Mine manufactures Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile of communication. Our products are made exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT and ventilation sectors that delivers energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards. www.maestrodigitalmine.com

MacLean Engineering Contact:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
C: (705) 241-3247

Maestro Digital Mine Contact:
Shannon Katary
Director of Marketing and Communications
C: (705) 521-2261

MacLean Australasia sets a new course: New leadership in place, new products being rolled out, new infrastructure investments made

(pictured: MacLean LR3 Boom Lift, a utility vehicle purpose-built for infrastructure installation and repair in underground mines in Australia)

Collingwood, Ontario, Canada [15 April 2020] – Global mining equipment manufacturer MacLean Engineering (“MacLean”) has taken a series of important steps to reinvest and reposition its operations for long-term support of the Australian, Indonesian, and Mongolian mining sectors.

The hiring of global mining industry executive, Jari Tuorila, is chief amongst these recent moves. Mr. Tuorila comes to MacLean from previous senior management roles with underground mining vehicle manufacturers out of Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney, as well as Singapore, Shanghai, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City. With 30+ years in the mining and tunneling sectors around the globe, Jari brings a broad and deep expertise that will bolster MacLean’s support of its customer base in Australia as well as the company’s international sales strategy.

MacLean has also recently relocated its Perth branch to increase its parts support and mining vehicle repair capabilities in-country. The current staffing contingent in Western Australia includes aftermarket and technical support, and account and product management, along with parts and sales support out of locations in Broken Hill and Brisbane.

To go along with these investments in leadership and infrastructure, MacLean is actively working on product development initiatives specific to the Australian mining sector, notably the company’s newest offer in its utility vehicle product line, the LR3 Boom Lift with 4.5 ton Fan Handler and Heavy Duty Pipe Handling Baskets. There are currently four units working underground at minesites across Australia and one unit in Mongolia, for which new, application-specific attachments and configurations are being designed and rolled out through close customer engagement. Secondly, and just as notable for Australian mines, is the upcoming launch of MacLean’s latest generation shotcrete sprayer, also available in battery electric drive, which delivers best-in-class productivity, reliability, safety, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This unit will be available to Australian mining companies by the fourth quarter of 2020.

“With the hiring of Jari, the reinvestment in our Perth branch, and the focus on product development that is purpose-built for mining in Australia, we are saying to the industry that we are here to stay and scaling up to provide not only the right products for the right application, we also have the service and support structure in place to ensure customer success,” notes Patrick Marshall, MacLean’s Vice President of Product Management. “The best product design and technology need the best support structure – this is our tandem growth strategy Australia.”

For more information:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering

1-705-241-3247 (c)

MacLean Engineering designs, manufactures, markets and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental and industrial goods sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range mining cycle support across all underground mining methods in ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean is based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices across Canada as well as in Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Australia, providing service and support to a global client base. www.macleanengineering.com

MacLean Engineering Business Continuity Update – COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Dear customers:

RE: Business Continuity Update – COVID-19 Pandemic Response

As regions around the globe take steps to address the public health threat of COVID-19, MacLean has instituted a range of measures to support physical distancing, ensure a safe working environment for its employees, and provide for as minimal a disruption as possible to customers while travel restrictions and physical distancing measures remain in place.

We thank you for your continued business and ongoing patience as we all contend with business disruptions in the weeks and months to come. Although we are up and running across the majority of MacLean facilities and operations globally, there will undoubtedly be some impact in particular to our ability to deliver support services in-person at some customer locations, as well as some impact on delivery times for capital builds and rebuilds.

This is not an easy time, but the fundamental strengths of the mining sector and the societal value of mined materials remain. We will continue to do everything we can to support our people, our communities, our customers, and the global industry in getting through and out of the current pandemic.

Sincerely,

MacLean Engineering Executive Team

MacLean Engineering statement on COVID-19 response

MacLean Engineering is following the latest guidance from Health Canada with regard to the appropriate response to COVID-19.

The members of the MacLean team who recently attended the PDAC mining convention in downtown Toronto are not presenting symptoms and, as such, are not self-quarantining.  In general, walking by a person with COVID-19 or briefly being in the same room as that person are considered low risk. For all PDAC attendees last week, including the Prime Minister and the Premier, there was a low risk of close physical interaction with the conference attendee who has now tested positive.

Our message to our people is:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough, preferably coughing into your sleeve.  You should avoid any direct physical contact with colleagues.
  • Cut all non-essential work travel for an indeterminate period going forward.
  • Employees who may develop flu-like symptoms, or, who have come into close physical contact with someone who has been confirmed to carry COVID-19, have been given the direction to contact their local Health Unit and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • As a general rule, if you are sick, stay at home.

Our Executive Committee is monitoring the situation closely to review the latest facts available and adjust our company response accordingly.  We will be issuing company and customer-wide communications on a regular basis to keep our employees and our customers as up to date as possible on the steps we are taking, and why.   

For more information:

Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering

705-241-3247 (c)

MacLean brings ‘EV proven/EV ready’ message to Québec Mines + Énergie

RB3-Scaler also recent addition to the company’s ground support product line

Collingwood, Ontario [18 November 2019] – MacLean representatives from the company’s Quebec branch in Val d’Or as well as head office in Ontario will be participating in this week’s Québec Mines + Énergie conference in Quebec City, to share information on MacLean battery electric fleet performance as well as speak to the latest addition to the MacLean ground support product line, the RB3-Scaler.

The MacLean RB3-Scaler was designed in response to the global mining industry’s need for safe and productive mechanical scaling options and was recently unveiled at ExpoMinera, Mexico’s bi-annual national mining show. The unit is available with the option of battery electric propulsion, part of the MacLean EV Series line of zero emissions mobile mining equipment that spans the company’s ground support, ore flow and utility vehicle product categories.

By the end of 2019, over 30 MacLean EV mining vehicless will be working underground at nine minesites in Canada, operated by three major mining companies in two provinces. The MacLean EV Series design incorporates onboard charging that plugs into mines’ exisiting electrical infrastructure, along with liquid-cooled and data-rich battery technology, to deliver a low heat, low noise, low maintenance, zero DPM mobile equipment option that has amassed some 40,000 hours of operating time in Canadian underground mines to date.

“The MacLean message to our Quebec industry colleauges is: we have a proven and instantly mine-ready battery electric fleet solution,” states Kevin MacLean, President of MacLean Engineering. “Since the launch of our fleet electrification program at MINExpo in 2016, MacLean has focused its EV product development efforts within the mining vehicle categories that we built a global reputation in for safety, durability and productivity going back to the 1970s. Battery electric vehicles are the next chapter in our almost half-century focus on production support mining equipment solutions for the global hard rock industry.”

“Quebec is where the MacLean mining story started with founder Don MacLean’s roots tracing back to Malartic and Chibougamau; it’s where hundreds of units are currently working underground from the Abitibi, to Nunavik and the Kivalliq, to the Saguenay; and, it’s where the next generation of electric, remotely contolled, and increasingly autonomous MacLean mining vehicles will help shape the next generation of mining in this province as well as in Nunavut,” adds MacLean’s Vice President of Quebec and Latin America, Tony Caron. “I look forward to being there in person at Québec Mines + Énergie, along with my Val d’Or branch colleagues, to be part of the important discussions about maximizing mining innovation and helping to bring about the Quebec mining industry of the future, right now.”

For more information:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
slister@macleanengineering.com
705-241-3247 (c)

MacLean Engineering designs, manufactures, markets and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental and industrial goods sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range mining cycle support across all underground mining methods in ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean is based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices across Canada as well as in Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Australia, providing service and support to a global client base. www.macleanengineering.com

MacLean and Nunavut Investments Ltd. partner for Nunavut’s mining future

Collingwood, Ontario, Canada [1 November 2019] – MacLean Engineering (“MacLean”) is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Rankin Inlet-based Nunavut Investments Ltd. to create Nunavut MacLean Inc., an Inuit-owned business registered on NTI’s Inuit Firm Registry. This new business will provide a long-term platform for supporting MacLean specialty mobile equipment at Agnico Eagle’s underground mines in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.

Nunavut Investments Ltd. is owned and operated by Patrick Tagoona, a Rankin Inlet resident and entrepreneur who also has an extensive professional background with executive staff positions at the Kivalliq Inuit Association and the Government of Nunavut, as well as the President of Sakku Investments Corporation.

There are currently over 30 MacLean mining vehicles servicing Agnico Eagle’s Nunavut operations at the new Meliadine underground mine and the Amaruq Whale Tail underground project. The Agnico Eagle fleet of MacLean mobile equipment in the Kivalliq spans the range of production support mining vehicle categories, including rock bolting, concrete transporting, material transporting, explosives charging, shotcrete spraying, secondary reduction drilling, mobile rockbreaking as well as elevated platform maintenance and services installation.

“I am excited to partner with a leading mining vehicle manufacturer in support of a leading mining company that is creating sustainable job and business opportunities for the Kivalliq,” remarks Patrick Tagoona, President of Nunavut Investments Ltd. “This type of true partnership is how resource development should be done.”

“This is the third Aboriginal agreement we have forged in Canada, building on the success of our First Nation partnership for the Borden project in Ontario, as well as the First Nation and Inuit partnerships for the Voisey’s Bay project in Newfoundland & Labrador,” remarks MacLean President, Kevin MacLean.

“We’re honoured to be a part of the Agnico Eagle story across the Americas and especially in Nunavut, with our Val d’Or branch leading the way on account management, commissioning, training, and field service support,” notes Tony Caron, MacLean’s Vice President for the Americas, which includes the mining region of Nunavut. “Creating a business with Patrick Tagoona is a testament to our commitment to the Kivalliq and to ensuring that our mining vehicles working underground at Meliadine and Amaruq have the best possible support network above ground, one that builds local capacity for servicing heavy equipment in the Arctic.”

For more information:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
slister@macleanengineering.com
705-241-3247 (c) 

MacLean Engineering designs and manufactures engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range mining cycle support across all underground mining methods in ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean is based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices across Canada as well as in Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Australia, providing service and support to a global client base. MacLean is a longstanding supplier to Agnico Eagle’s operations in the Abitibi region of northern Quebec (Goldex, Laronde and Lapa mines), as well as supplying specialty mining equipment to Agnico Eagle’s Pinos Altos mine in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. www.macleanengineering.com