Montana Metals Miner Renews Ties to General Motors

By Beacon Staff

BILLINGS – General Motors is renewing its ties to a Montana mining company that provides precious metals for catalytic converters.

Stillwater Mining Co. lost its contract to supply palladium to GM in 2009 when the automaker went into bankruptcy.

Terms of the deal released Thursday show Stillwater will provide palladium to GM for three years beginning in January. The price will be based on the market average at the time of the sale.

Stillwater operates the only platinum and palladium mines in the U.S.

The company has enjoyed a turnaround in recent months after getting battered over the past two years by low metals prices and the loss of the GM contract.

Former Stillwater owner Norilsk Nickel sold its stake in the Montana company this month for about $900 million.

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