Processing Equipment & Plant

In the vast tapestry of American enterprise, where the mining industry’s roots run as deep as the minerals it seeks, there lay dormant a staggering 2.5 million mining claims. These vestiges of a once-booming sector lay quiet, not for lack of treasure below but because the lifeblood of their operation—water—was ensnared in a tangle of regulations and permits, particularly those governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ninety-eight percent of these mines had fallen silent, their potential untapped, as the stringent requirements for water use and the high costs associated with cyanide processes made profitable operation a realm dominated by those with deep pockets and large capitals.

Enter Avimetal Inc., an innovator with its gaze set firmly on the underdogs of mining—the small-scale miners. Avimetal recognized that the barriers to entry were not just physical, but regulatory and technological as well. They saw a landscape dotted with idle claims and envisioned them awakening, not with the traditional roar of water-intensive mining, but with a new, gentle hum of activity—mining without water.

Avimetal introduced low-cost mineral processing technologies that sidestepped the need for water, thereby circumventing the complex web of water permits. This was more than a technical achievement; it was a revolution in accessibility. Small miners, who had once watched the gates of profitability close before them, now found those gates swinging open. Avimetal’s technology was a key, crafted with precision, turning in a lock long thought rusted shut.

From the moment a miner partnered with Avimetal for a feasibility study, it was clear that a new era had begun. Avimetal supported these prospectors every step of the way, from the nascent study phases to the crescendo of large-scale production. Equipment and expertise were no longer the scarce commodities they once were; instead, they flowed from Avimetal as freely as the rivers that once ran through the mining lands.

The story of the small miner was rewritten by Avimetal’s innovation. Where once there was resignation, now there was resurgence. Mines that had been abandoned to the ghosts of the Gold Rush were now bustling with activity, all without the environmental impact of water use. The cyanide-laden processes of old were replaced with cleaner, greener, and more cost-effective methods.

In this new chapter, the small miners were no longer the footnotes of the mining narrative; they became its protagonists. Avimetal’s technologies leveled the playing field, and the riches of the earth were no longer the exclusive domain of the large capitals. The echoes of shut-down mines were replaced with the sounds of productivity, and the small-scale miner’s dream of profitable operation was no longer just a vein to be chased, but a reality to be mined.

Goldfield, Nevada