Polaris Minerals Provides Update on Quarry Operations
March 2, 2009
Polaris Minerals Corporation (the "Company") today announced that it has temporarily reduced the Orca Quarry operating hours by approximately one third during a winter quarter in which demand for construction aggregates has declined due to the wet weather in California and the general weakness in the economy. This move is consistent with the Company's efforts to minimize variable costs, while maintaining the flexibility to respond immediately to the anticipated upturn in demand as the year progresses.
Herb Wilson, President and CEO of Polaris said: "Finished product inventories at the quarry are high and this decision to temporarily reduce the operating hours is necessary during this winter period. We have taken every measure to ensure the impact on employees is minimized and their benefits remain unaffected."
Mr. Wilson continued: "During 2008, efficient operations at the Orca Quarry enabled the Company to become well established as a supplier of high-quality construction aggregates. Sales of 2.32 million tons of sand and gravel to customers in 2008 represented the midpoint of the Company's expectations, and an increase of 1.17 million tons over 2007, when operations commenced. Market visibility this year remains difficult and while the winter weather is adversely affecting the first quarter of 2009, it is the economic conditions that remain the major issue. We look forward, however, to seeing the benefits for construction in California following the recently approved federal stimulus package, which contains significant infrastructure dollars for the State. It is also encouraging to note that California finalized its 2009 budget, which will also be to the benefit the construction industry."
Polaris Minerals Corporation is exclusively focused on the development of quarries and the production of construction aggregates on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, for marine transport to urban markets on the west coast of North America to meet growing local supply deficits. In 2007, Polaris began shipping sand and gravel from the Orca Quarry to San Francisco Bay, Vancouver, and Hawaii.
For more information, please contact:
Herb Wilson, President and CEO
Mike Westerlund, Director, Corporate Development
Polaris Minerals Corporation
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