Yukon Zinc is boosting production at the Wolverine mine.

 Operation will go from 60 per cent to 75 per cent beginning October 10. The company scaled back production earlier this summer in response to low prices for silver and zinc.

Yukon Zinc is boosting production at the Wolverine mine.

Operation will go from 60 per cent to 75 per cent beginning October 10.

The company scaled back production earlier this summer in response to low prices for silver and zinc.

Around 100 jobs were lost.

Yukon Zinc has spent the last three months reviewing their operations, said Crystal Zhang, a spokesperson for the company.

“We reviewed the past 12 weeks’ production, and we feel comfortable to bring it to a new level,” she said.

So far, 15 people who had previously been laid off have been called back to their jobs, said Zhang.

More people will be recalled as is necessary, she said.

Under the new production schedule, the mill will operate on a three-week-on, one-week-off schedule.

Currently, the mill is running two-weeks on, two-weeks off.

Prices for zinc and silver are both up slightly from lows in late June.

It’s hard to say when the mine might return to full production, said Zhang.

“If we look at the metal price today, it’s still not very optimistic. We will keep reviewing our production plan.”

The company is making responsible decisions both for the business and the community, said Zhang.

Contact Jacqueline Ronson at

jronson@yukon-news.com

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