PCS Phosphate Adding New Positions

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.


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  • by Retired Location: BC on Aug 6, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    Well, Inquiring Mind, you have stooped to a new low. You are attacking me personally. Thanks for the english lesson. Guess PCS pays your salary. I want you to keep your great opinions of PCS. Yes, they do a great job locally supporting all those things you mentioned. Have a great life.
  • by Inquiring Mind Location: here on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    Retires - continued: Actually, I take that back. Seeing that you can intelligently string your sentences together and express yourself, are a former Marine, and have friends in the know, then you already have and are just to stubborn to step down off that old, broken, worn-out soapbox. There are so many more issues that could use your enthusiasm, you voice, and your words. Use those skills and find a new outlet that will make a difference NOW in BC. I am.
  • by Inquiring Mind Location: here on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    Retired: I respect the fact you are a Retired Marine, I served for 17 years, yet you still try to pin this all on PCS. The primary point is that all businesses operate the same way, to make money. Those in leadership make more, because they lead. They drive the company in a profitable direction, re-investing in people, technology, and the community. It is the American way of free enterprise. So what they have a little more take home pay than you or I do. I am ok with that. I have done my research on the big names, and I am impressed. They are not fleecing the company, they are successful businessmen. Everyone has an opportunity to do the same, but many chose not to, and that is ok. Don't drop all of the blame for BC's supposed demise on PCS. Picture BC without PCS. It is a very dismal view. You should research more yourself to find out what role the company plays in essential items used in our daily lives.
  • by Retired Location: BC on Aug 5, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    to inquiring mind. PCS does not pay my retirement. I am a proud retired US Marine. I have lived here for many years, since my wife's family is from here. I have seen these PCS big shots come around here and have had my friends who work at PCS and are retired from PCS tell me about the big men. If you are so interested in what Doyle, Dietz, and Regan and others get out of PCS, so some research online and use your inquiring mind to find out how many millions of dollars these shots are taking from the company in the way of stock options, etc. Don't take my word for it. I am just a BC resident who has done his own research and have found just how much PotashCorp cares not for BC.
  • by Inquiring Mind Location: here on Aug 5, 2009 at 04:46 PM
    Hey Retired, you sure know a lot of big names at Potash, but do you really believe what you are spewing about them? Question? Is PCS paying your retirement? You know as well as I do, all companies in BC or any county for that matter are in business to make money. At any business, head count takes out of everyone’s pocket. What about when the economy took a dive and the market PCS supports was not strong? Did they layoff? Nope. They were one of the few that continued keep the employees working. If all of the big names you threw around were as greedy as you think, they would have taken the easy way out like many other businesses did. You are going to fall because you are standing on a rickety soapbox. What about the taxes Potash pays, the financial contributions, and the volunteerism of the employees? Does that not show a concern for the community? You stay disgusted while the rest of BC and surrounding counties continue to enjoy the benefits.
  • by Retired Location: BC on Aug 4, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    What a crock!! Haven't you people figured it out yet? PCS and PotashCorp could give a crap about Beaufort County. BC is a means to an end. All the big shots in the Northbrook Illinois office care about is production, profits, and bonuses. The more money Aurora makes the more that Bill Doyle, Jim Dietz, and Tom Regan make in bonuses and stock options. All they care about is the almighty dollar. Bill Doyle never wants to increase head count, because it costs him out of his pocket. If they can run the place with a minimum number of people and supplement the work force with contractors with no benefits, it is more money in their pockets. It is all about greed and typical of American businesses. Oops, I forgot, PotashCorp is also a CANADIAN company, too. So, wake up BC and the next time PCS wants a mine continuation permit, ask them how many permanent PCS jobs they are going to add. Answer will probably be NONE. Disgusted with PCS still.
  • by inquiring mind Location: here on Jul 31, 2009 at 08:44 PM
    To those of you complaining about the jobs made available, there is nothing stopping you from hiring on with the contractor companies. Many of the contractors hiring on are from local counties, and the ones who do come in from "out of town" still provide income to the communities since they stay on for a while. Quit posting senseless comments, get off the internet, and go apply at your local employment commission.
  • by Stephen Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    Expain to me why all pro PCS comments are not being posted? News bias?
  • by STEPHEN Location: GREENVILLE on Jul 30, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    Contractor jobs are local jobs. 90% of the contractors working at PCS are part of local business and local jobs. Hiring contractors actually adds to the local economy by creating a more diverse workforce and allowing the contracted employees to provide services for more than just one company. Thank about it people.
  • by Unemployed Location: Belhaven on Jul 29, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    What is good about this? Contractors... Do you people know what that means? This means that PCS is not hiring... They are contracting .. That means that they are seeking contractors to bid jobs and the contractors can come from anywhere and bring their own workers... Why aren't they hiring directly? If they did, that would mean jobs... I don't think there will be many, if any jobs for locals this way and PCS is getting off cheap doing it this way. Wake UP Legislators and Public
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