2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

This year marked the 125th year of the Illinois Mining Institute.  The IMI Annual Event was held at the Marion Pavilion on August 29 & 30, 2017.  The event brought nearly 500 people, 45 vendors and 13 mine rescue teams, to attend the events planned for the 2017 Meeting meeting.  As education is an important aspect of the IMI, nearly 100 kids from four schools were able to attend and learn about the mining industry.  Even with lower attendance, the event was still a huge success! 

The event started  with a golf tournament and expo hours and was followed by the first ever “Casino Night”.  This gave vendors and participants alike a great chance to network while playing their casino favorites.  Wednesday started with the all day expo and mine rescue competition.  The event was concluded by live music and dinner at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. 

We cannot wait to see where next year will take us! 

2016 Annual Meeting Highlights

Thanks to everyone who made the 2016 IMI Annual Event and Meeting a success! The event was held at The Pavilion in Marion, IL on August 23 & 24, 2016. We had almost 400 participants, another 200 including mine rescue personnel, 10 college and university students, five high schools with 110 students in attendance, plus 50 exhibits at the trade show. The technical sessions were conducted by leading experts, the golf tournament had great weather, and everyone enjoyed the reception at Kokopelli with speaker John Cabello. The event was concluded by the picnic at Black Diamond with live music.

2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

Thanks to everyone who made the 2015 IMI Annual Event and Meeting a success! The event was held at The Pavilion in Marion, IL on August 25 & 26, 2015. We had almost 600 participants, another 250 including mine rescue personnel, 20 college and university students, five high schools with 140 students in attendance, plus 70 exhibits at the trade show. The technical sessions were conducted by leading experts, the golf tournament sold out, and everyone enjoyed the picnic at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. The event was concluded by the awards banquet where attendee’s were entertained by comedian Mike Bliss.

The IMI Annual Event caught the attention of local media. The event was covered by local news outlets Channel 3, Channel 6, and Channel 12. The Southern Illinoisan covered the event in three different articles. The event was also covered by the Marion Republican and WJPF radio.

2014 Annual Meeting Highlights

Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 IMI Annual Event and Meeting a success! The event was held at The Pavilion in Marion, IL on September 9 & 10, 2014. We had almost 600 participants, another 250 including mine rescue personnel, 32 college and university students, five high schools with 145 students in attendance, plus 84 exhibits at the trade show. The technical sessions were conducted by leading experts, the golf tournament sold out, and everyone enjoyed the picnic at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. The awards banquet guest speaker, Alex Epstein, captured the attention of everyone present.

 

2013 Annual Meeting Highlights

The 121st meeting of the Illinois Mining Institute was held on August 14 and 15, 2013 in Marion, Illinois. The expo hall was full to capacity and the technical sessions were outstanding and well-attended. Other events included a golf tournament, picnic, mine rescue competition, shooting range, and awards banquet.

2012 Annual Meeting Highlights

The 120th meeting of the Illinois Mining Association was held on August 22 and 23, 2012 in Marion, Illinois. It was a huge success thanks to everyone’s participation!

Nearly 850 people attended the event that included a golf tournament, exhibitor expo with 72 companies participating, picnic, mine rescue competition, technical sessions, and an awards dinner with entertainment by a professional comedian! The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and everyone had a good time. Networking abounded, new contacts were formed, and old acquaintances renewed. Professionals from all aspects of the mining industry attended. People traveled from all over the State of Illinois, from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and as far as Colorado, Texas, and Utah.

Make plans to attend next year’s event. The date will be released in the upcoming months. Stay tuned! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

Archives of the Annual Meeting

The IMI holds its annual meeting generally in August or September of each year. This two-day event includes an exhibit hall, technical session presentations, mine rescue competition, golf tournament, picnic, and awards banquet.