HD Mining Invests $15 Million in Tumbler Ridge for Worker Housing
Trent Ernst, Editor
“This is the largest single residential development in the history of Tumbler Ridge,” says Mayor Darwin Wren.
Wren and HD Mining Chairman Penngui Yan were on hand on Saturday, November 24 for the HD Mining open house, held at the Trend Mountain Conference Centre, and to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the investment by HD Mining of over $15 million in local housing for its Murray River coal project.
Mayor Wren says “Housing projects like this are a great way to get our local economy moving – it puts local construction workers and trades people to work quickly, while having many other positive spin-off effects in the region.”
Following the ceremony, HD Mining held an open house that was attended by more than 50 people.
“HD Mining is committed to the community of Tumbler Ridge and we are honoured and humbled by the warm welcome we have received from the community,” said Yan. “We heard many positive statements about our project at our open house, and the highlight of our day was when a member of a local seniors group dropped off hand-knitted scarves and hats for our workers.”
Jody Shimkus, Vice President of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs added, “We anticipate that this project will have a production life of 30 years or more, so today is part of our initial phase of creating jobs and increasing commerce here in Tumbler Ridge for many years to come.”