Doe Run Hosts Fall Mine Tours for University Groups

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College students gain first-hand knowledge, learn from industry experts.

College students head back to class each fall, and those interested in mining, geology and other science-related majors often head to the mines operated by The Doe Run Company to expand their education through tours and first-hand experience.

On Oct. 12, geology students from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Iowa State University toured Sweetwater Mine and Mill near Ellington, Mo. On Oct. 19, geology students from Indiana University toured nearby Fletcher Mine and Mill. Student groups from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Washington University will visit Nov. 9 and 13, respectively. A Nov. 16 tour will give geosciences students from Northwest Missouri State University an up-close look at the operations at West Fork and Brushy Creek mines. And students in the mining engineering program at the University of Missouri-Rolla frequently visit Doe Run as part of their curriculum.

“Doe Run is proud to support higher education by offering tours and other learning opportunities for students,” said George Moellering, Doe Run mine geology supervisor and tour coordinator. “The Doe Run team includes experts in engineering and a number of science fields, including mining, environmental, geology, chemistry and metallurgy, and we enjoy sharing our knowledge and experiences with aspiring students.”

As someone who spent time at Doe Run while pursuing a geology degree at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Moellering knows that first-hand experience gives students invaluable understanding and insights into the industry.

“There aren’t many sites in the United States, let alone the world, that give students the opportunity to see and explore underground metal mines,” he said. “At Doe Run, we believe this is an important component of the higher education process.”

Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facility, located in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit

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