Frisco Gold Corporation is focused on gold deposits in Mohave County, Arizona.
Arizona is the second largest mining State in the US (after Nevada), is very pro-business, and in the words of Arizona Governor Ducey is “moving at the speed of business”. The Black Mountains (site of both the Frisco and Granite) are the most prolific gold producing range in Arizona having a total past production in excess of 3 million ounces. Mohave County ranks as the second highest gold producing county in Arizona and Frisco believes that it is the most “mining-friendly” county anywhere.
The US is the fourth largest gold producing country in the world, the majority of gold production in the US being from large (+100,000 tons per day) open pit heap leach operations from low grade deposits in Nevada. Large mechanized mining and low-cost leaching enabled the
industry to economically exploit the large low-grade deposits that were of little interest to early miners. Exploration targets for most of the large producers are set at greater than 1 million ounces.
Previous mining technologies required only very high grade ore could be mined in order to make a profit. The Frisco has thousands of ounces of moderate grade ore that is now economic with current crushing and heap leach technology and can be easily excavated, crushed and processed to produce very profitable gold.
PROVEN MANAGEMENT TEAM
The company principals are seasoned mining, and business professionals, with in-depth knowledge of the projects.
Mine Engineering & Operations
Joseph Bardswich P.E. earned his Master’s Degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University. His career started as an underground miner when a student and progressed through operations, engineering and mine management in the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa. He played a major role in the start-up of the Portland Mine and the Moss Mine, both open pit/heap leach operations in Mohave County, Arizona. He presently lives in Bullhead City, about 15 miles from the Frisco deposit, and is active in his mine consultant business. His clients have included Teck Corporation, Hemlo Gold, Barrick, Falconbridge and International Nickel. Joe is a Director of Northern Vertex Mining Corp. and the Arizona Mining Association.
Engineering & Environmental
Randy Huffsmith P. E., BCEE has worked or consulted for mining companies for more than 25 years. His career began in Wyoming, researching reclamation technologies for coal projects and obtaining his Masters degree in Engineering at the University of Wyoming. Randy moved to Montana in the 1980’s where he worked for ASARCO, completing engineering projects at mines and smelting facilities. He has worked in a consulting capacity on projects for companies such as Newmont Mining Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation, Teck American Inc., Rosemont Copper Company and numerous other clients in the Western U.S. and in South and Central America. Randy has directed engineering teams supporting new projects and operations with values in excess of $1B and has lead many multidiscipline teams in all phases of mining from concept through closure. Randy is a Professional Civil Engineer and is also Board Certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Randy is currently a Vice President and U.S. Mining Sector Leader for Amec Foster Wheeler, Environment and Infrastructure, Inc.
Dr. Bob Thompson, P. Eng.
Chief Technical Advisor
Dr. Bob Thompson, P. Eng. leads the Frisco Exploration Team.
Bob is a hard-core field geologist. He earned a PhD in geology, led multidisciplinary mapping projects for the Geological Survey of Canada, mentored graduate students, and except for brief lapses, managed to avoid bureaucratic desk-jockey jobs. Now he consults for the mineral exploration industry, focusing on gold, base metals and graphite. His wife Renee and he are partners in RIT Minerals Corp., a private exploration company focused on new discoveries – they have two zinc and one graphite discoveries to their credit.
Bob has previous experience in Arizona and Idaho open pit/heap leach type gold projects. His knowledge and experience provides Frisco with a solid geological grounding.