British Columbia’s mining industry observed a sign of economic recovery on June 4, 2010, when Western Coal (now Walter Energy) announced the re-opening of the Willow Creek metallurgical and PCI coal mine that had been lying dormant since 2007.
Ledcor turned optimism into real opportunity for workers in Northern British Columbia when the company held the first major hiring fair, since the recession, for the Willow Creek project.
Ledcor carried out mining operations related to the coal deposits at Willow Creek Mine. At that time, the mine’s current approvals supported a production rate of up to 900,000 tons of metallurgical coal per year. Applications were underway to increase production by late 2011 to 1.7 million tons per year over a 13-year life-of-mine.