Imperial Metals Corp. has suspended pit operations at the Huckleberry mine, affecting approximately 100 of its 260 employees. Huckleberry will retain the balance of its workforce to continue milling stockpiled ore.

While the company has made significant efforts to reduce operating costs at the Huckleberry mine, the realized savings have not been sufficient to offset declining copper prices. Huckleberry had an excellent operating record in 2015 with no loss time accidents. In December, Huckleberry received a reclamation award and a commendation for its work with the local first nations from the government of British Columbia.