Ares Strategic Mining Announces Expansion to Rural Utah

$19,000,000 capex

40 jobs

22,000 sq. ft.

Project Fluorescent

June 22, 2023

The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (GOEO) are pleased to announce that Ares Strategic Mining is bringing a new mining facility and up to 40 jobs to Millard County. 

“We’re pleased to welcome the expansion of Ares Strategic Mining in rural Utah,” said Ryan Starks, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. “We’re proud to support manufacturing within the U.S. and appreciate the efforts made by Ares in this pursuit. We look forward to seeing how the expertise and partnerships Ares brings will diversify our economy and strengthen our state.”

Ares Strategic Mining Inc. is a fluorspar mining company focused on developing North American fluorspar properties into manufacturing operations. Ares is a well-supported company focusing on the exploration, production, and supply of metallurgical and acidspar grades of fluorspar for the steel and aluminum industries, chemical industries, and lithium-ion batteries. Fluorspar has been deemed a critical mineral by the United States government for its in role in both national security and the U.S. economy. The only non-metallic critical mineral that is exclusively imported into the United States, fluorspar is one of the most widely used industrial minerals, attracting the support and interest of major industrial bases. Ares owns the only permitted fluorspar mine in the United States. Ares also has strategic partnerships with major international fluorspar producers, giving the company access to technology, proceedings information, market information, and engineering expertise.

“Ares has received significant government backing because of the strategic importance of the mineral to the economic security of the United States. We are now a financially well-supported company looking to bring an industry back to the United States and be part of the effort to secure the domestic industrial mineral supply to protect U.S. industry,” said James Walker, president and CEO of Ares Strategic Mining. “We are very appreciative of the support and acknowledgment we have received as we progress our company towards production.” 

“Fluorspar is an important mineral for products used by the U.S. Department of Defense and other key industries, but most of the world’s supply is currently produced outside of the U.S.,” said Scott Cuthbertson, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “The expansion of Ares Strategic Mining to Millard County is an important win for both rural Utah and the U.S. manufacturing supply chain.”  

Gerritt Vander Linden, business development manager, collaborated with Project Fluorescent for EDCUtah. 

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