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September 15, 2011
Ontario Graphite Announces Newest Member of Kearney Graphite Mine Leadership Team
~ Ontario native Jerry Janik brings more than 20 years of mining experience as new general manager ~
KEARNEY, Ontario (September 15, 2011) - Ontario Graphite Limited today announced the appointment of Jerry Janik as General Manager of the company's Kearney Graphite Mine. Mr. Janik assumed this position effective September 12, 2011.
Jerry brings more than 20 years of mining industry experience, most recently in Texas as Area Operations Manager for Carmeuse Industrial Sand. He has also worked with UNIMIN Canada Ltd.'s Nepheline Syenite Operations and other companies in the mining industry as well as led his own management consulting firm.
Throughout his career, Jerry has gained management experience in quality control, mine planning, tailings deposition, production, project management, process improvement, permitting and new product development.
"Jerry brings vast mining industry experience to the role and we are thrilled to have attracted such a highly qualified, enthusiastic person to manage the facility," said Tom Myatt, President and CFO of Ontario Graphite. "We have made a commitment to run the Kearney Operation at a world-class level and there is no doubt that he brings the skills and experience required to deliver on that commitment."
As General Manager for the Kearney Graphite Mine, Jerry will have overall responsibility for the facility's operation, including ensuring adherence to high standards in quality, environmental stewardship and employee safety.
Jerry is originally from Kingsville, Ontario and holds dual diplomas in geology and mineral processing from Sir Sandford Fleming College School of Natural Resources in Peterborough, Ontario.
The Kearney Mine and milling facility is the largest confirmed graphite mineral resource prospect in North America and one of the largest individual deposits outside of China and North Korea. Under new ownership and management since 2007, the Kearney Mine is presently undergoing a re-commissioning process that will lead to its reopening by mid-2012. Jerry is an integral part of the team overseeing the reopening, and will be responsible for day to day operations of the facility upon the commencement of production.
The Kearney Mine was last operated in 1994 and will take advantage of approximately $60 million of existing infrastructure acquired by the current owners. In addition, Ontario Graphite is fully funded through production and start up. When reactivated, it is estimated the Kearney Mine will process approximately one million tonnes of ore per year while producing 20,000 tonnes of natural, large flake, high carbon graphite concentrate.
For more information on Ontario Graphite Limited and to view Jerry Janik's full biography, please visit Ontario Graphite's newly launched website at www.ontariographite.com.
About Ontario Graphite Limited
Ontario Graphite Ltd. is a privately owned Canadian mining company committed to the responsible re-commissioning and operation of the Kearney Mine, the largest confirmed graphite mineral resource in North America and one of the largest individual deposits outside China and North Korea. The Kearney Mine, located in Kearney, Ontario, Canada (approximately 300 km north of Toronto), is slated to begin production in mid-2012. To learn more about Ontario Graphite and the Kearney Mine, please visit www.ontariographite.com.
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Photo: Jerry Janik, General Manager of Ontario Graphite Ltd.'s Kearney Mine