McEwen Mining achieved commercial production at El Gallo Phase 1 in Sinaloa State, Mexico, on January 1, 2012. During September, the company announced it poured its first bar of gold at the mine. Subsequent to the first pour, the mine has been steadily increasing mine, crusher and leaching production, and is now operating at 90% of the designed capacity.  Final ramp-up is expected to be achieved during the First Quarter. El Gallo Phase 1 is forecast to produce approximately 30,000 oz in 2013.

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