Iron mining in the United States produced 42.5 million metric tons of iron ore in 2015, worth ore was treated onsite, producing a concentrate containing 65% iron. The concentrate was transported by rail to California, then shipped to China.
Vale is the worlds leading producer of iron ore and pellets. Our mines are concentrated in Brazil, where we also operate pelletizing plants. in Oman and stakes in joint ventures in China that produce pellets small lumps of iron particles.