Kinross’ Round Mountain Mine celebrated on Oct. 25 its 15 millionth ounce of gold poured since 1985 – the year that Echo Bay began operating the mine, and when the “official” count began.
To mark this momentous achievement, the company hosted a dinner and carnival to thank its employees and their families. Country musician Jack Ingram later performed a concert to thank the community.
Each employee received a commemorative “15 million ounce” coin, designed by RMGC employees Aldous Hume, Diego Gutierrez and Hoby Hart.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate not just 15 million ounces of gold, but the whole community,” said Dave Hendriks, RMGC president and general manager. “We could not have mined for the last forty years without a dedicated and committed workforce, and our workforce could not have thrived without the support of the Smoky Valley’s caring community.”
With more than 900 employees and family members in attendance, the dinner and carnival were a great success. Attendees enjoyed dinner courtesy of Chew-Chew Express BBQ, a live hawk and owl demonstration, raffle prizes, an adult dodge ball tournament, and plenty of mining-themed carnival games for the kids.
Attendees also got the chance to see a visual of what 15 million ounces of gold actually looks like. The maintenance team at RMGC built three 18-foot long gold bars that represent the physical size of 15 million ounces of gold. These bars will be permanently displayed on the mine site as a reminder of the work of the past, and as a motivator for the future.
After the employee celebration wrapped up, the entire community was invited to a free concert at the White Park in Hadley.
Before the show, Hendriks spoke to the crowd of over 700 people about the importance of community and collaboration. He noted that RMGC has seen somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 employees since the 1980s, and that every one of them played a pivotal role in helping achieve this milestone.
White Park was transformed into a topnotch concert venue, complete with twinkle lights wrapping the trees and a professional stage. Guests were treated to a live concert performed by CMA Song of the Year artist Jack Ingram along with tacos served by the Tacos Las Brisas food truck out of Elko.
While the entire evening was filled with fun and festivity, the purpose of the celebrations was not lost. Most mining operations will never reach such a milestone. The longevity of the Round Mountain Mine is a direct result of the efforts of hundreds of dedicated employees, and an immensely supportive community.
Round Mountain Gold thanked all of its employees, their families, and the surrounding communities for helping the mine achieve 15 million ounces.
“We are proud of how far we have come in the last 40 years, and we look forward to continuing to be a strong partner to the community for many years to come,” Hendriks said.