Mining as a Family Business 

Dennis Palmer, Pinto Valley’s Operations Support Superintendent (third from the left), is the third in his family to work for our operation. His maternal grandfather, Ron Ray, was General Foreman at Pinto Valley. Ron worked at Pinto Valley for 36 years and retired in 2009. Dennis’ father still works at Pinto Valley as a Metallurgical Technician. Dennis’ daughter, Madison Palmer, was a summer intern in 2020 and 2021. While acknowledging that mining is in his blood, Dennis stays for “the busy pace, the interactivity, being in the field and helping to solve problems.” For more information, read Dennis’ story.