IDEA Drilling Receives Entrepreneurial Award

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IDEA Drilling announces that it has received the Mature Entrepreneur Award, granted by the University of Minnesota Duluth. The award was presented to Pam and Dick Backstrom, founders of IDEA Drilling.

IDEA Drilling, the leading core drilling and exploration service company in the Midwest, announces that it has received the Mature Entrepreneur Award as a part of the 20th Annual Joel Labovitz Success Awards Banquet held by the University Minnesota Duluth Center for Economic Development. The award was presented to Pam and Dick Backstrom, founders of IDEA Drilling, by Tony Sertich, Commissioner of the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board. This award acknowledges a company with 15 years or more of demonstrated initiative, success, and creativity in developing, growing and sustaining a business that continues to have a significant impact on the community or region. Dick Backstrom expressed gratitude for the recognition and commented on the importance of mining to our region of the state and the great support IDEA has received from the IRRRB.

The Backstroms’, along with Brian McCabe (Vice President of Operations), have teamed together to build IDEA Drilling, a diamond core drilling and services company that has successfully grown to approximately 150 employees. Backstrom states the success of IDEA Drilling has been built on a steadfast commitment to customer service and reliability, delivered through a dedicated team of employees who provide the technical expertise and who thrive on the company’s culture of continuous improvement, innovation and integrity. Backstrom says the company expects to continue to grow in 2012 and has significant long-term growth opportunities when the nonferrous mineral exploration projects in Minnesota are able to successfully go forward.

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IDEA Drilling is a privately owned company located in Virginia Minnesota. IDEA’s mineral exploration projects include diamond core drilling for copper, nickel, platinum, palladium and gold discovery. These mining projects include core drilling for reserve definition for taconite mines and the pre-mining phase for nonferrous metals projects. IDEA Drilling is proud of its commitment to preserving the environment and it dedication to employee safely. For more information on IDEA Drilling, please go to

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