August 2009 – State & Province News
Production and sales picked up at Polaris Minerals’ quarry on Vancouver Island after a slow start earlier in the year. According to the Times Colonist, the site resumed regular shifts in mid-May. Last year, the Orca Quarry sold 450,000 metric tons in the second quarter and the company’s president and CEO, Herb Wilson, said it is fairly close to repeating that tonnage during the same period of 2009. “The $64,000 question is where the second half is going,” he said, adding that he believes the economic cycle has hit bottom and the pace of recovery will be “fairly measured, fairly steady” starting mid-year, with improvements next year and beyond. During the first quarter of 2009, the site sold 187,000 metric tons, down from 473,000 during the same period of 2008.