He probably became more convinced last week when officials from Magnetation Inc. announced that they were through trying to put a pellet plant in Itasca County, citing an onerous permitting process. The company employs 150 people at two iron ore recovery and concentration operations on the Iron Range and now is looking for somewhere to put a plant that would make pellets out of the ore.
Lisak said the permitting process could go more smoothly in Superior, where a site has been prepared in Parkland Industrial Park.
“We think this is the best place,” Lisak said. “We’re in the Northland.”
Magnetation’s decision against Minnesota is not a surprise. Early this year, CEO Larry Lehtinen hinted the company was leaning toward a plant outside of the Iron Range with Superior and a site in Indiana in the running.