General Manager, Empire State Mine
Joel Rheault, newly-appointed General Manager at Titan Mining Corporation’s Empire State Mine (“ESM”), is excited about the growth potential at the recently restarted underground zinc mine.
Rheault, a 30-year veteran of the mining industry, relocated to Gouverneur in July because he recognized the potential for production growth and a longer mine life at ESM. Today, Rheault is focusing on recruitment, bringing in new staff and hiring contract miners as full-time employees.
“I think, month by month, we are re-establishing the Empire State Mine as an important economic driver in the area, and a strong and vital asset of Titan Mining,” Rheault said.
Rheault went on to express admiration for his staff and their dedication in the fast-paced and challenging environment that comes with restarting a mine.
“Everyone from the underground up is fully committed to making this work,” Rheault said, “We all recognize the potential for the mine to continue to grow, supporting local employment and economic development.”
Rheault, a mine engineer by training, has worked in mines all over the world, including several in Canada and South America, the U.S. and, most recently, northern Greece, making this world traveler’s enthusiasm about New York’s North Country and the town of Gouverneur all the more significant.
“This is a beautiful area,” Rheault said of the town and its surroundings, which are a short drive from the cities of Syracuse, Montreal and Toronto and just next door to the Adirondack Mountains. “I can’t wait for winter,” he continued, “so I can try out the local ski hills.”