Hecla Mining’s Lucky Friday silver mine
An international company headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Hecla Miningoperates two mines within several hundred kilometers of the Canada–U.S. border, including the Lucky Friday mine in northern Idaho that employs approximately 250 people.
Hecla is the oldest publically-listed mining company in the United States and has long been known in North America as a quality producer of silver and gold.
Products sold to Canada from the Lucky Friday mine have a value of nearly $100 million. In addition, the mine’s concentrates are purchased in bulk by Teck Resources Ltd, a Canada–based mining company that processes concentrates at its refining facility located in Trail, BC.
Hecla Mining opened a Canadian office in Vancouver, BC in early 2007.
J.R. Simplot, the largest privately-owned company in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, relies on cross border trade with Canada for its success. With operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and China, the border and free trade are critical to their global competitiveness.
An open and efficient border is essential to ensure the effective operations of Simplot’s Pocatello, ID plant,
where an important component (400,000 tons of sulfur) is sourced from Canada.
Raw materials are processed in Idaho and then exported back to Canada and the rest of the world, helping to employ 350 people locally. The Pocatello plant spends $20 million directly in goods and services, translating into $31 million which is re-invested into the eastern Idaho economy through employee salaries, wages and benefits.
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Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2011 data in U.S. dollars (US$1.00=C$0.9891). Statistics Canada: tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (5/2012 release); goods & services trade (2/2012 release). World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER): Canada’s export ranking (2/2012 release). U.S. Census Bureau: trade (2/2012 release). Services trade data not available at a sub-national level. Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
Idaho sells more goods to Canada than to the state’s next two largest foreign markets combined
* Job numbers from trade (2010 data) and Canadian-owned businesses (2009 data) are from a 2012 study commissioned by the Government of Canada