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IronClad Mining welcomes new COO as the company advances to iron ore production at Wilcherry Hill

IronClad Mining (ASX: IFE) has appointed Robert Mencel as chief operating officer, with an initial focus on finalising the Commissioning and Operating Plan to bring the Wilcherry Hill Project into production.

Former Mount Gibson Iron (ASX: MGX) executive Mencel will take up his role with IronClad in mid-April.

His most recent role with Mount Gibson was General Manager of the 4 million tonne per annum Koolan Island Project.

Prior to that, Mencel was General Manager at Mount Gibson's 3 million tonne per annum Tallering Peak hematite project

IronClad managing director Wayne Richards said Mencel's specific skill set is exactly what the company had been seeking to complement the senior executive team.

"Mr Mencel has extensive project management experience developing greenfield projects from initial scoping studies through to commissioning and early operation," Richards said.

Pre-production and grade control drilling are underway at Wilcherry Hill, along with fabrication of the Dry Magnetic Separation plant.

IronClad is developing an independent end to end operating business system, including the mine, processing plant and utilities, supply-chain logistics and export facilities at Lucky Bay.

In stage one, Wilcherry Hill will produce 1 million tonnes per annum of Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) magnetite, with an increase to 2 million tonnes per annum from the second year of operation.

Stage two of the project will see production increase to between 4 and 5 million tonnes per annum, combining Wilcherry Hill magnetite concentrate with the DSO product.

Sale contracts have been established for the first two years of production from Wilcherry Hill, and 50% of production from years three and four.