Mining company says it's pulling out of Wisconsin after Senate vote

CREATED Mar 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 7, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gogebic Taconite's president says the Wisconsin Senate's rejection of mining reforms sends a clear message.

Bill Williams says Gogebic has gotten that message and will end its plans for mining in Wisconsin. At stake were 600 to 700 jobs in the North Woods.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce chief James Buchen says it's a missed opportunity for an economically secure future in northern Wisconsin.

Senate leaders have the ability to revive the mining bill this week or next if they can find one more vote. But Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says it would be tough to approve a bill before the session ends March 15.

Williams says his company has invested more than $3 million in a proposed Wisconsin mine.

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