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RNMC Donation to Benefit Eastern Nevada Wildlife and Wild Horses

Pictured from left to right in front of a haul truck are Russell Reed, RNMC tire supervisor; Matt Thompson, RNMC supply chain superintendent; Cary Brunson, RNMC general manager; and Michael Herder, BLM Ely District associate district manager. At right are tires cut into troughs. Photo by Patti Bute

KGHM International’s Robinson Mine, known locally as the Robinson Nevada Mining Company (RNMC), and BLM Ely District are teaming up to turn used haul truck tires into guzzlers for wildlife, livestock and wild horses.

BLM Ely District Engineering Equipment Operator Brett North is pictured unloading tire troughs in the district’s yard. Photo by Chris HanefeldThe tires were originally used on RNMC’s 240-ton haul trucks and are massive in size, ranging from nine to 13-feet tall. This new partnership gives Robinson an attractive alternative for disposing of its used tires. The tires are re-purposed through a partnership between RNMC and Giant Rubber Water Tanks, Inc., which slices each tire in bagel-like fashion to create two troughs, which will weigh more than 4,000 pounds each. The Alva, Wyoming company whose motto is “You can’t break them, and they won’t break you!” also produces from used open-pit haul truck and loader tires such items as feed bunks, salt and mineral feeders, rip-rap for reservoir fills, windbreaks, and more – all of which last a lifetime.

“The troughs will be virtually indestructible, unlike metal troughs that are subject to rust and other hazards, including damage from larger animal species,” said Michael Herder, Associate District Manager for the BLM Ely District.

RNMC, which produces up to 30 used tires per quarter, is this year donating 10 to 15 troughs that the BLM will strategically place on the public lands, district-wide.

RNMC General Manager Cary Brunson said, “’Zero Harm’ is our most fundamental core value. This means that we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate. Our commitment to Zero Harm also applies to the environments in which we live, work and play. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to turn our used tires into an asset for our natural environment.”

KGHM International Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., owns and operates the Robinson Mine, which is an open pit copper mine located approximately eight miles west of Ely, Nev. In addition to copper, it produces gold, silver and molybdenum by-products. Robinson has been a producing mine for more than 100 years. (Chris Hanefeld, Public Affairs Specialist for the Ely District)