Doe Run’s President and CEO Confirms: “Domestic Technologies and a Skilled Workforce Can Make the U.S. More Mineral Self-Reliant”
7 Sep 2023
Missouri’s mineral resources, workforce education and available technologies are the key.
ST. LOUIS (September 7, 2023) – Matthew Wohl, president and CEO of The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), believes the U.S. – and in particular, Missouri – has the mineral resources, technology, and workforce required to support a green energy economy. Wohl called for greater government support for domestic mineral production in the company’s 14th annual Sustainability Report.
In the report’s Letter from the CEO, Wohl describes Missouri’s enviable position in providing key minerals and metals necessary to meet carbon reduction targets. To get there, Wohl calls for significant investment in processing of both “critical” minerals (such as zinc, cobalt, nickel, tin and antimony), and other minerals vital to electrification and the battery industry (such as lead and copper). These minerals are all available to Doe Run through its many resources, including existing mines, lead battery recycling materials, controlled mineral deposits, mine tailings and chat.
“Missouri has key mineral resources critical to powering an electrified future and reducing greenhouse gases,” Wohl said. “Accessing these minerals and converting them into resources that can be utilized domestically will require collaboration among policymakers, producers, end-users and the investment community. With its access to mineral resources and the proprietary technologies necessary to unlock our state’s resources, Doe Run is uniquely positioned to help Missouri become the centerpiece of the nation’s energy transformation.”
Wohl added that the U.S. would greatly benefit from increased education and training resources to help develop, recruit and retain the U.S. workforce to meet growing energy-product demands. Doe Run is dedicated to developing Missouri’s education resources on all these fronts by providing STEM grants to local schools, scholarships to students, internships, and more than 37,000 hours a year in training to its workforce, including specialized training for mobile equipment operators.
“Our employees are our most valuable resource. That’s why we offer higher than average wages, comprehensive benefits and direct access to senior leaders and executives. I’ve been pleased to visit our locations more than 50 times in my first year as CEO,” Wohl stated. “Having access to the ideas and comments of our workforce gives us a competitive advantage.”
Doe Run intends to leverage their mineral deposits along with employee assets to attract federal and state grants for new mineral processing capabilities and employee education and training. The company was recently awarded a $1.2 million workforce grant.
In addition to discussing the opportunities for domestic mineral production and workforce training, Doe Run’s Sustainability Report also provides updates on how the company is managing its environmental responsibilities by reducing the impacts of its operations, remediating historic sites and caring for native forests. The report also includes information about Doe Run’s workforce safety and community engagement efforts.
Since 2009, Doe Run has produced an annual Sustainability Report following Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. The GRI is the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework. It was developed through a multi-stakeholder process, and encourages companies to share information that employees, communities and other audiences care about.
Doe Run invites readers to share their comments on the company’s Sustainability Report via their online survey.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company providing vital minerals and metals to the global market. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates mines located in southeast Missouri from where it produces lead, zinc and copper concentrates. Doe Run also operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri. Company mineral and metal resources contain lead, zinc, copper, cobalt, nickel, tin and antimony – all vital metals to support a more sustainable energy future. Doe Run has additional operations in Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com.