Marathon is a vibrant community with a burgeoning economy supported by the Hemlo Gold Mines and many small and medium sized businesses. There is always something to do in this active and engaging community from kayaking, fishing and swimming, to playing hockey at the local arena and shopping. Marathon is a full-service, completely modern town that is poised for growth and economic prosperity. We are a community that is forward thinking and forward moving – a great place to live, work, play and do business!
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Marathon’s Medical Renaissance
In the mid 1990’s, Marathon struggled to provide adequate medical services to its community and at one time, only had one physician for the 5,500 local residents. Since then, an attraction and recruitment strategy has been implemented and Marathon now has a state-of-the-art rural medical facility that employs 85 people and draws many people from the region for appointments and longer stays.
To read more about Marathon’s medical recruitment success story click here!
Extension of the Hemlo Mine
The Hemlo Mine site was first discovered in the early 1980s and has been a significant economic driver in Marathon and the surrounding area. With the original life span of the mine first forecasted to 1999-2001, new deposits and minerals are constantly being found to further extend its operations. Currently, the life of the mine is forecasted into 2020 if not beyond and a platinum deposit has recently been discovered with mining applications being reviewed by the Provincial government.
In addition to these successes, Barrick Gold has worked hard to ensure that strong relationships have been forged between the mining operation and the local communities including the Pic Mobert First Nation. The mine runs an apprenticeship program for members of the Pic Mobert First Nation, enabling many of the First Nation people opportunities in heavy machine operation and mechanics.
For more information on this exciting partnership click here!
Dr. George Macey, Chamber of Commerce President:
“Marathon is vibrant! Marathon is the brightest spot on the Northern Shore.”
“The local forestry management system will provide our community with control over our natural resources and benefit the industry.”
Jeannie Allerton, Chamber of Commerce Past President:
“Marathon is a friendly and comfortable town. Visitors always feel welcomed”.
“Business is personal! Let our local business community help you! Everything a business needs is here and accessible!”
Bob Gregor, Retired Marathon Pulp Inc. President:
“The quality of life in Marathon is fantastic! Where else can you leave from work and be teeing off in less than five minutes? Marathon is a great place to work, live and play!”
“Marathon is strategically positioned on a natural deep water port. Businesses are able to ship globally from this location and we’re right across Superior from major population centres in Wisconsin and Minnesota!”