METALS & MINERALS
Zinc and Lead
Our zinc and lead assets in Canada consist of CEZinc, General Smelting of Canada, Kidd Operations and Matagami Mine.
metal processing plants
office located in Montreal
The CEZinc Refinery in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec is the second largest zinc refinery in North America and has been an integral part of the local community since 1963. Glencore Canada manages the facility and has a 25% ownership in the plant through a stake in the Noranda Income Fund.
Founded in 1955, General Smelting of Canada is one of North America’s most established manufacturers of lead alloy anodes for electrowinning, chrome plating and pickling processes along with offering lead construction and maintenance services for electrostatic precipitators and acid plant equipment on a worldwide basis. The plant is based in Lachine, Quebec and employs around 50 people.
Our Kidd Operations in Timmins, Ontario produces zinc and copper concentrates from Kidd Concentrator and the Kidd Mine, the world’s deepest base metal mine below sea level. This unique working environment has forged tremendous innovation at the site and while feasibility studies to extend the life of the mine are underway, the mine is slated to close this year (2022).
Last, our Matagami Mine, located in the Nord-du-Québec region of Quebec, sends copper concentrate to our Horne Smelter, which is part of our copper business, and zinc concentrate to CEZinc. After more than 58 years as an integral member of the local community, the mine is expected to close this year. We are engaged in discussions with local government to help with the transition.
Unifying not only our zinc and lead assets, but our assets in Canada and around the world, is our commitment to safety. While our assets operate in different working environments and carry their own distinct personalities and histories, employees at these assets understand the role safety plays in ensuring they can each return to their family and friends at the end of the day in the same condition as they left for work.
Proudly, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Matagami Mine took home the 2020 John T. Ryan National Trophy for the best safety performance in Canada in the Metal Mines category from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), essentially proving themselves the safest mine operation of the year across the country. Making the award particularly special was that it was jointly shared alongside our Raglan Mine, part of our nickel business.
We bring substantial economic benefits to the communities where we operate by employing people, buying goods and services, collaborating with other businesses, and paying taxes and royalties. But we understand our contribution to society needs to go beyond hard economics. No better example reflects our commitment to the communities where we operate than how we stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We invite to you to read how our zinc and lead assets come together with our other assets to contribute to their local economies and communities.