Doe Run Celebrates 150 Years of Missouri Lead Mining at Old Miners’ Days
10 Sep 2014
VIBURNUM, Mo. (Sept. 10, 2014) — On Oct. 3-4, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Viburnum community will hold the 28th Annual Old Miners’ Days festival, honoring generations of miners who established Missouri’s rich mining history and brought economic vitality to the region. The weekend will feature a number of family-friendly activities, including a public showing of a new historical mine video and historical mine photos, as well as tours of Doe Run’s underground lead mining operations in Viburnum.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, the company will host a unique RAM 1500 HFE truck, which features natural gas hybrid-electric start-stop vehicle (NGHV) technology. The truck will participate in the Grande Parade and be on display throughout Saturday. This innovative NGHV technology incorporates advanced lead-based batteries, and can provide a cost-effective, safe and environmentally-beneficial alternative to conventionally designed gasoline or diesel engine vehicles.
“The lead ore we’ve been mining in southeast Missouri for 150 years continues to be vital to everyday life, and now is paving the way for innovative and environmentally friendly new technologies, such as cost-efficient hybrid vehicles and storage for wind and solar energy,” said Steve Batts, general manager, Doe Run’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division. “Lead has a bright future, and as we celebrate how it has shaped our region’s history, we also look forward to Missouri’s continued role in providing this essential resource to the world.”
Doe Run operates the world’s second-largest lead mining district in Missouri’s Viburnum Trend. About 80 percent of all lead produced globally is used in batteries, which are recycled in plants, such as Doe Run’s nearby Boss, Missouri, recycling facility. Batts will deliver an update on Doe Run’s mining operations at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Old Miners’ Days events include a historical mine video and photo presentation at the Viburnum Bowling Alley and free mine tours for guests 12 or older on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Mine tour guests must register at Doe Run’s Old Miners’ Days booth. Buses will transport guests to and from the tour site.) Other activities include a parade, car show, craft booths, children’s games, a tractor pull, gold panning contests and more. Visit oldminersdays.com for the full schedule.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com and http://sustainability.doerun.com.