Lucky Friday

Hecla Receives Innovation Award for UCB Mining Method

5/02/2023 Lucky Friday Mine News Post

Hecla received the 2022 Robert E. Murray Innovation Award for pioneering the Underhand Closed Bench (UCB) mining method at its Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho. The award, given by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME), recognizes operations and organizations that implement cutting-edge technologies and innovative processes to advance the mining industry.

Hecla President and CEO Phil Baker said “For 132 years, Hecla has fostered a company culture focused on innovative ideas and continuous learning. Innovations such as the UCB method are the result of a long-term mindset, the commitment of a skilled and experienced team, a willingness to make the most of opportunities and challenges, and the relentless drive to improve.” Learn more: UCB mining method.