Pinto Valley Mine partners with Gila County to vaccinate workers

Courtesy photo Pinto Valley Mine General Manager Mike Wickersham receives a Covid-19 vaccination.

To help stop the spread of Covid-19, the Pinto Valley Mine has partnered with the Gila County Health Department to offer vaccinations to Pinto Valley employees. Copper mines are considered essential operations by Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services; therefore, workers at the site are included in Group 1B for vaccinations. In anticipation of the rollout to essential workers, Pinto Valley partnered with Gila County to operate a vaccination clinic at the mine. This was one of the largest efforts in the region at a worksite, with 130 first-round vaccinations delivered. Booster doses will be administered next month.

“These are exactly the kinds of partnerships we look for,” said Mike Wickersham, general manager at Pinto Valley. “With more than half of our workforce residing in Gila County, we were delighted to work with the county to keep our workforce safe.”

Vaccinations began at 8 a.m. and ran until 1 p.m., with appointments staggered to maintain appropriate social distancing. “Gila County is proud to work with employers to get our communities healthy and safe,” said Gila County Manager James Menlove. “We are grateful to have Pinto Valley in our county.”

About Pinto Valley Mine

Gila County’s second largest private employer, the Pinto Valley Mine is located in the Globe-Miami mining district in Arizona, one of the oldest and largest copper districts in the country. The mine is operated by Capstone Mining Corporation, a Canadian base metals mining company focused on copper. Copper concentrate production facilities at Pinto Valley include a primary crusher, secondary and tertiary crushers, six ball mills, copper concentrate and molybdenum flotation circuits, and a solvent extraction/electrowinning facility.

About Capstone Mining

“We are committed to the responsible development of our assets and the environments in which we operate,” Capstone Mining Corporation says on its website. Capstone’s two producing mines are the Pinto Valley Mine and the Cozamin copper-silver mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico. Capstone also owns 70 percent of Santo Domingo, a large scale, fully-permitted, copper-iron-gold project in Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, as well as a portfolio of exploration properties. Capstone’s strategy is to focus on the optimization of operations and assets in politically stable, mining-friendly regions, centered in the Americas. Its headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada. Further information is available at


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