Dozens of jobs are headed to Blackfoot.
A Canadian mining company, eCobalt Solutions Inc., plans to open a processing plant outside Blackfoot near Pioneer Road within the next two years. The facility is expected to employ 60 to 90 people, each paid in the $60,000 to $70,000 range.
According to the Post Register, Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis said the refining facility is a strong addition to the region’s economic landscape.
“We’re absolutely thrilled about the announcement and for this opportunity to be able to work with this great company,” he said.
Cobalt is used, in part, to make rechargeable batteries. With demand increasing, eCobalt officials felt it was time to move forward with their Idaho operations.
“This is a robust project that could eventually be the sole primary producer of cobalt in the United States,” CEO Paul Farquharson said in a news release. “Our project is an important development for the battery supply chain enabling access to a secure, stable, ethically sourced and environmentally sound supply of battery grade cobalt sulphate, mined safely and responsibly in the United States.”