Sterling Mining Company Suspends Production at Sunshine Mine
Sterling Mining Company announced it has suspended commercial production activities at the Sunshine Mine in Idaho.
Since 2003 Sterling Mining staff and employees have dedicated themselves to rehabilitating and resuming production at the Sunshine Mine. Despite resuming production in late 2007 and the significant progress made in the first half of 2008, the operation has encountered a series of unforeseen and unavoidable delays. Production through the end of August totaled approximately 354,000 ounces of silver, which is substantially less than management’s expectations and less than what is required for self-sustaining operations. This, combined with volatility as it relates to precious metals stocks, ultimately prevented the Company from obtaining the financing required to continue operations at the current level. The workforce will be immediately reduced by approximately 60%.
“This has been an extremely difficult decision to make and we share the disappointment of our employees and the local community, but we believe this is the only reasonable course of action at this time” said Sterling’s interim President, Ken Berscht.
Sterling continues to view the Sunshine Mine as a tremendous resource and will apply its limited resources to maintaining the mine, continuing to dewater the mine, and pursue a limited exploration plan. There is no assurance as to if and when market conditions will improve and additional financing will be secured, so the Company is unable to make any prediction or estimate with respect to the resumption of full operations at the mine
Sterling Mining controls the Sunshine Mine, and related exploration lands in the prolific Silver Valley of northern Idaho. The Company also holds several silver properties in Mexico. Shares of Sterling Mining Company trade on the TSX under the symbol “SMQ”, on the OTCBB under the symbol “SLRM”, and also on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “SMX”.