Arizona faces a budget crisis, unemployment remains stubbornly high, and economic development has been scarce.
Fortunately, a few bright spots like the Florence Copper Project, an initiative of Curis Resources Ltd. to develop a world-class in-situ copper recovery (ISCR) project and bring much needed high wage jobs to the region, are underway.
"The Florence Copper Project represents an opportunity for the Town of Florence, Pinal County, and the State of Arizona to employ hundreds of people," said Mike McPhie, President and CEO of Curis Resources. "At full production, we will employ 170 full-time workers. These are head of household jobs for hardworking Arizonans," he said.
During the first phase of the project, a two-year production test that will take roughly two years to complete, Curis projects employing 30 full-time staff in addition to 200 to 300 construction workers.
The company also has a strong local hire policy, giving priority consideration to local job seekers based on qualifications and merit. Local companies also receive priority consideration for service contracts.
"We want to be partners in the community," said McPhie. "Providing employment to local residents and ensuring that we build relationships with local companies are two of the ways we can solidify our investment."
To learn more about local hire at the Florence Copper Project, click here.