PCS Phosphate says a new mining permit is allowing them to extend mining operations and rehire those who were laid off and hire even more people.
Earlier this year the Aurora facility reassigned 12 employees and 18 contractor employees were laid off because of the uncertainty of the permit. Now, PCS says those employees have returned to regular duties, while the contractor positions will be reinstated. The company also will hire an additional 75 new contractor positions.
"We are particularly pleased to make this announcement today," said Steve Beckel, general manager of the PCS Phosphate-Aurora facility. "With our permits in-hand, we can now add to what is already a tremendous workforce here at Aurora."
The permit process for PCS took eight years. The new permits will allow the company to extend its phosphate mining operations in Aurora until 2045.