CEO Blog - June 20, 2011
Monday, June 20 2011 12:38
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Question: How many people do you anticipate hiring before production starts later this year?

Answer:  We have planned staffing for our mining operations of up to 50 full time mining employees.  We just recently announced the appointment of Randy Harris, as the company’s Director of Safety, representing our twelfth full time employee hired  this year, bringing us to a current total of 30 mining professionals.  We are actively mapping out our production processes and finalizing staffing requirements in areas such as mining, crushing, refining and all the related metallurgical processes. We also had tremendous success in hiring both the best available candidates and finding a significant majority of those people locally.  Substantially all of our employees live on the Comstock or in Dayton, Mound House or Carson City.

Randy is a returning Comstock resident.  He was raised in Silver City and initially worked for the Silver City Fire Department and the Storey County Sheriff’s Department before moving into the mining industry, where he developed impressive qualifications in the fields of occupational health, safety and security. He has worked with organizations like Round Mountain Gold Corp. in Round Mountain, NV, Golden Predator Mines in Winnemucca and Imlay, NV and was most recently with the Turquoise Ridge Joint Venture between Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining Corporation. Randy also spent five years with the State of Nevada Mine Safety and Training Section as a Safety Specialist.

We could not be happier attracting one of the best, most experienced safety professionals in the industry back to the Comstock.  Safety and social responsibility are integrated into everything we do and Randy will lead that continued philosophy as we move into production later this year.

Randy has been involved with volunteer firefighting, search and rescue, EMT and ambulance services with Storey County, Silver City and Round Mountain. His safety training includes certification by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, OSH Standards 1910 Level I & II, and International Loss Control. Important to Comstock Mining’s near-term and longer-term plans, he has strong safety expertise in both surface and underground mining.

We have also increased the Gold Hill Hotel team by six people since our May 2011 acquisition, bringing that total to 21 hospitality professionals and related staff. Combined, this makes us one of the largest private employers on the Comstock with a local team that now exceeds 50 employees.

Kindest regards,

Corrado De Gasperis
President and CEO