A delegation from the Consulate of the Republic of Poland out of Las Vegas visited Ely last week to take a tour of the local Robinson Mining site.
The visit has been anticipated ever since Polish company KGHM, the third largest corporation in Poland, purchased the Quadra Mining Group, which owns Robinson Mining Co. While in town, John Petkus, Honorary Consul from the consulate, met with both Mayor Melody Van Camp and Ely City Councilman Bruce Setterstrom to discuss plans for a potential Polish-themed food and cultural festival in Ely next summer.
Petkus said the consulate is currently thinking about holding the event, which they are calling “Poland in the Park,” in July at either Broadbent Park or County Park. The Honorary Consul also discussed the possibility of having Ely become a “sister city” to Lubin, Poland, home of KGHM’s main offices.
“I have an interest in the potential for furthering cultural ties between Ely and Lubin, Poland, since both areas are rich in mining history. I can envision many cultural and business advantages to such a relationship, perhaps leading to a ‘sister city’ arrangement between the two cities,” Petkus said via email.
According to www.bloomberg.com, KGHM acquired the Canadian Quadra Mining Group in the first quarter of 2012 for $2.84 billion, which included the Robinson Mining Co.