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There Goes the Warranty


About 6,000 below the surface at the Lucky Friday mine, Jim Swoboda of ILF Media (on the left ) and Jim Van Gundy set up a photo shoot for Hecla Mining Company. This brand-new bolter drills holes in the rock wall so that a series of bolts and plates can secure steel wire mesh that, in turn, helps prevent rock from breaking away and falling. So how’d this big piece of equipment get more than a mile below the surface? It was cut up into smaller, more manageable pieces to fit inside the skip (elevator), then reassembled underground. When it comes to logistics, UPS has nothing on Hecla.



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