The SMC Land Package comprises 6 acres and two adjacent development lots, located on North Tongass Highway in Ketchikan. The site is in close proximity to major barge and container handling facilities, excellent utilities, and an immediate-area work force (see Ucore Press Release dated September 24, 2018).
“Local hiring is a fundamental goal as we move ahead with the Alaska SMC project”, stated Randy MacGillivray, VP Project Development of Ucore. “We’re very fortunate to be able to work with a highly qualified local engineering firm as we start our investigation of the selected property and our integration into the community.”
“The communities of Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska have been very welcoming”, said Mike Schrider, Chief Operating Officer of Ucore. “As the suitability of our selected site is confirmed and the details of the plant are specifically developed around the unique attributes of Ketchikan, we look forward to working with community leaders to ensure that our business development activities are well suited for Southeast Alaska.”
Ucore’s development of the Alaska SMC is the initial component of the Bokan-Dotson Ridge Rare Earth Element Project and will be able to process and refine non-Chinese rare earth ore and concentrate from around the world into all 16 commercially traded individual rare earth elements. The City and Borough of Ketchikan, with more than 13,000 residents, is the southernmost population center in the State of Alaska, offering an industrious work force and training facilities. Situated on the Alaska shipping channels, among the most prolific shipping lanes in the world, the Ketchikan-based SMC development site brings direct access to major markets in the US and the Pacific Rim by way of ocean shipping, the lowest-cost mode of bulk transport.