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Company plans to reopen Sacaton mine near Casa Grande

ASARCO Mine is seen in an aerial photo on Oct. 29, 2009/Pinal Central

By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa | PinalCentral

The old Sacaton Unit mine may reopen under a new name.

Elim Mining has purchased the old open pit mine located northwest of Casa Grande and is exploring the possibility of reopening the mine under the new name Cactus Mine, said John Antwi, president, CEO and director of Elim Mining.

Related: Asarco copper strike stretches on with no talks planned

“The opportunity to do business in Arizona is a big deal to us,” said Antwi, who has worked in the mining industry for more than 30 years. He said Elim Mining is exploring the mine site in order to determine what equipment and how many employees the company would need to restart the mine.

The primary resource the company hopes to get from the mine is copper but it will also be looking for smaller deposits of gold, silver and molybdenum. Molybdenum is used to strengthen steel and other metals.

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