Higher prices spur fast growth at zinc mines

Three zinc mines, closed since 2001, have been reopened, since higher zinc prices make them worth operating.

Trio of reopened operations adds more jobs than expected
East Tennessee Zinc Co. – a new zinc mining operation in Knox and Jefferson counties – has grown to more than 330 employees since its start last fall and expects to grow even more, a company official said Monday.

The Young mine in New Market opened in 1956; the Coy mine in Strawberry Plains was started in 1957; and the Immel mine in East Knox County’s Mascot community opened in 1965.

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