Our Changing Gears project is on the road, bringing you stories of towns where one company still affects everybody’s lives. Today we head north, to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. That’s where North America’s biggest supplier of iron ore has been blasting the earth, and creating jobs, for more than 160 years.
Our destination is the city of Ishpeming. It’s small. Basically, you can’t throw a rock here without hitting a miner.
Take Steve Carlson. After high school, he worked 37 years for the mines.