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Cliffs to halt production in Iron Range, Silver Bay

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Cliffs Natural Resources has decided to temporarily cut production at Northshore's mine in Babbitt and processing facilities in Silver Bay effective Jan. 5, 2013, due to the declining demand for iron ore, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Roughly 125 workers in northern Minnesota will be laid off at two of the four production lines at Northshore Mining.

The Star Tribune reports the Cleveland-based company will also suspend production at its Empire Mine in Michigan and has delayed its expansion plans in Eastern Canada due to declining demand for iron ore.

Click here, for the company news release.

Cliffs’ third-quarter profit dove as the coal and iron-ore mining company struggled with weak pricing and higher production costs. In October, CEO Joseph Carrabba said shutting down production lines at the company’s Iron Range and Silver Bay operations was possible given that demand and prices for iron ore have dipped.

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