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:: Rogue Iron Ore Appoints Ronald Mariani VP Operations

Rogue Iron Ore Corp. is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronald Mariani, Mineral Processing Engineer, as VP Operations. Mr. Mariani is an iron ore specialist with 32 years of experience in the iron ore industry having worked with all Cleveland Cliffs iron mining operations in North America. In addition to his industry operations experience, Ron has also worked recently with mining companies in North America and Europe as a consultant participating in or facilitating feasibility and scoping studies, process improvement initiatives and operational reviews.

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Ron was assistant General Manager of Cliffs Michigan Mining which included the combined Tilden and Empire mining operation, two processing plants, two pelletizing facilities and a railroad and dock facility with a total operating budget in excess of $500 million. His efforts were primarily focused on management of the processing and pelletizing plant operations with a total annual pellet production of over 13 million tons.

Prior to assuming the role of assistant General Manager of Cliffs Michigan Operations, Ron was a Senior Staff Engineer for Cliffs Research group during which time he participated in a number of due diligence studies of prospective iron ore investments for the company in North and South America and Australia. Previous assignments included: Plant Manager for Cliffs Empire mine and assistant General Manager of the Tilden operation. The Empire Mine is a magnetite (taconite) operation which possesses similar mineralization to that at Radio Hill. The Tilden operation has annual production capacity of 7.8 million long tons of pellets and a workforce of 750-800 employees with an annual budget in excess of 250 million dollars. While at the Empire operation he was the General Manager; Empire at that time had 660 employees with an annual production capacity of 5.3 million LT of pellets and an annual budget in excess of 200 million dollars.

Mr. Mariani received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering (Mineral Processing) from Michigan Technological University-1975.

"There are few people with the Ron's level of North American taconite experience, especially in operating mines, and it is a major compliment to the Radio Hill Project to have someone of his caliber join our team. Radio Hill is similar to the Tilden deposit which has been in production for decades and Ron was an important part of that success. As we near completion of our resource estimate and begin to look towards a preliminary economic assessment, Ron's experience will be vital to ensuring work is done right. In addition to Ron's technical experience his knowledge of the intricacies of the North American steel industry add tremendous value as we continue to assess the domestic market for Radio Hill material," commented Company Executive VP, Freeman Smith. "An experienced team is fundamental to the success of any Company and investors can expect to see announcements of other key persons in the near future."




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