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Top 5 Vale News stories from the first half (H1) of 2021

January 12, 2022

Andy Charsley, principal mining engineer at Copper Cliff in Sudbury, is pictured with a cutting-edge mechanical rock excavator by Komatsu. Photo: Vale Archive

Starting a new year normally means looking ahead, but for this roundup, we will take a look back at the most popular Vale News stories from the first half (H121) of 2021. Read the summaries below and click the titles to enjoy the stories in full. And keep an eye out for next week’s edition, where we will unveil the top stories from the second half of 2021.

#1 Hard rock mining gets a modern spin – With more than 100 s, plus 87 Twitter shares, 39 Facebook shares and 12 LinkedIn shares, this story about our cutting-edge mechanical rock excavator by Komatsu, and featuring Andy Charsley, principal mining engineer at Copper Cliff in Sudbury, was the most popular story from H121 – and the entire year! 

Mechanical rock excavator in action. Photo: Komatsu

#2 A toilet seat by any other nameMike Verbiwski, External Resource manager, Brock Wilson, Maintenance planner, and John Burchell, Operations supervisor, were instrumental in brainstorming and implementing a new kaizen at our Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery in Sudbury, ON. The kaizen, dubbed ‘the toilet seat’ by the crew, saw a slotted inspection plate with a hatch that flips up like (you guessed it) a toilet seat, which was installed over tank hole. 

From left: Mike Verbiwski, external resource manager, and Brock Wilson, maintenance planner, were instrumental in brainstorming and implementing a new kaizen at our Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery in Sudbury, ON. Not pictured but also a key member of the team: operations supervisor John Burchell. Photo: Vale Archive.

#3 Meet the $12 million (cost avoidance) woman – This is a story about how Luciana Brugnaroto, asset sales analyst, Procurement, helped our company save $12 million. Luciana did this by determining the value of scrap equipment and parts from our Frood-Stobie complex demolition, and selling them to interested buyers. Readers gave Luciana 46 s for her efforts. 

Luciana Brugnaroto, asset sales analyst, Procurement, helped our company save $12 million. Photo: Luciana Brugnaroto

#4 Meet two scholars and their proud dads For fathers Manuel (Guido) Oliveira, supervisor at T1-Mine, and Jody Parkes (pictured below), Bulk Reagent handler at Port Colborne Refinery, their respective children couldn’t have made them prouder. Manuel’s daughter, Taylar, and Jody’s son, Caleb (pictured below with his dad), were two of our 2020 Vale Reserved Scholarship recipients. 

Jody Parkes, left, and his son Caleb, a recipient of a Vale Reserved Scholarship. Caleb starts an instrumentation technician program this fall. Photo: Jody/Caleb Parkes.

#5 The LHPP team was treated to a special visit  Stella, a Portuguese water dog and service animal, and her handler, constable Krista Fagan, both of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC), paid our colleagues at our Long Harbour Processing Plant a special visit. Stella is a support dog, which means her duty is to cuddle and be cute and generally make people smile. The feel-good visit aligned with our company’s commitment obsession with safety and the overall wellbeing of its people. Readers showered Stella with s  and 121 Facebook shares. 

RNC Constable Krista Fagan, left, with police support dog Stella, and Health and Safety Supervisor Craig Lovell, in our Long Harbour Processing Plant’s (LHPP) Green Room,” a space for employees to decompress. “It gets used a lot,” said Craig. Photo: Vale Archive

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