At the turn of the century, the United States began a long period of unparalleled industrial expansion. By 1908, the most prominent men in the natural resources industries envisioned the enormous growth and changes the country would face. A group of 114 of them joined together and formed The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America to formally commit themselves to work for:
- Conservation of mineral resources
- Advancement of the mining and metallurgical industries
- Better protection of mine investors and mine workers
- Increase of scientific knowledge
- Encouragement of high professional ideals and ethics
Since its founding in 1908, the Society has grappled with virtually every issue the mining industry faced over the decades. The Society’s many professional papers, resolutions, speeches and positions helped shape the development of America’s mining industry and literally provided our country with its most basic building blocks. With the country facing new problems in such diverse areas as energy consumption, urban decay, and space exploration it is more important than ever to be able to depend on a competent, responsible mineral industry. Industry professionals from business, government and academia who constitute the Mining and Metallurgical Society remain committed to its original objectives and are convinced that solutions to today’s problems will be forthcoming with hard work and dedication.