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Electron Energy Corporation (EEC) offers unmatched expertise in rare earth magnets, assemblies and systems. Founded in 1970, EEC is an ITAR and DFARS-compliant, US supplier, that develops and produces custom Samarium Cobalt (SmCo) and Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NdFeB) sintered permanent magnets  and assemblies.  EEC is dedicated to improving rare earth magnet performance to meet the most technically demanding applications in aerospace, military, medical, electronics, and motion control markets.


Thomas & Skinner is the world leader in high-performance magnets and magnetic materials used in strategic weapons systems. Our cast and sintered alnico magnets, magnetic assemblies, and transformer laminations are considered the best in the industry. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ceramic Magnetics, Inc., Thomas & Skinner is also a leading manufacturer of soft ferrite magnets. We are committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality, highest-performing magnetic materials available.


U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., an American natural resources development company based in Salt Lake City and New York City, holds large resources and reserves of high-grade rare earth metals and the largest documented high-grade thorium properties in the world within its properties in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado, including 80% of known and estimated U.S. reserves.


Arnold Magnetic Technologies (Arnold) produces cast and sintered Alnico, RECOMA® brand Samarium Cobalt (SmCo), bonded Ferrite and Neodymium magnets, all varieties of magnetic Assemblies, and ultra-thin precision foil and strip. Arnold’s Alnico, SmCo and silicon steels are DFARS compliant and work done at any of our six (6) US-based facilities is also ITAR compliant. We also offer Neodymium-Iron-Boron magnets and have multiple fabrication facilities for magnets and assemblies utilizing all commercially available magnet materials.


Great Western Technologies Inc. is a leading production facility in North America for rare earth materials, powders, and custom vacuum-grade specialty alloys. GWTI provides research and development, process development, consulting, and innovative products and services to clients worldwide. GWTI., in partnership with its parent company, Great Western Minerals Group Ltd., is part of the first vertically integrated structure in North America to produce and process rare earth elements for advanced technology and alternative energy markets.


Lynas Corporation is creating a reliable, fully integrated source of supply from mine through to customers, and aims to become the benchmark for security of supply and environmental standards in the global Rare Earths industry. Lynas has developed a mine at its rich deposit of Rare Earths at Mt Weld in Western Australia, and will produce separated rare earth products from its Advanced Materials Plant which shall commence production in Q3 2011.


Ucore Rare Metals Inc. is a Canadian resource exploration company focused on rare metal ores, among the primary input materials of technology applications in the 21st century. Ucore maintains holdings across North America including Bokan Mountain, estimated to be one of the most significant Dysprosium and other Heavy Rare Earth deposits within the United States.

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Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. is a North American based mining company engaged in the exploration and development of mineral properties. Their flagship property, Round Top Mountain in Hudspeth County, Texas, is held under a 20-year renewable lease from the State of Texas to explore and develop a rare earth-uranium-beryllium prospect which includes niobium, tantalum and gallium.

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Stans Energy Corp. is focused on developing the materials necessary to meet the clean energy demands of the future. Their goal is to build and produce our licensed properties containing rare earths, uranium, and associated metals in the near term. Stans company growth will come from acquiring, and participating in the development of, resource properties located in areas of the former Soviet Union.

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Santoku Corporation manufactures raw material for high-performance magnet alloys in Japan, including Neodymium magnet alloys and samarium magnet alloy compounds. Its Magnet Materials Division has developed the patented technology called the “strip casting manufacturing method” which allows heating and cooling of material to be uniquely controlled during the melting and casting process.


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Ed Richardson Chairman, President, and Treasurer
Peter Dent Vice President
Daniel McGroarty Vice President
Rob Strahs Secretary and Vice President
Kerry LaPierre  


Jeff Green

Jeffery A. Green formed J.A. Green & Company to assist clients in meeting their government relations, business development and strategic planning goals.  With over 16 years of experience in the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill, Jeff has the expertise to understand the complex world of government relations and the relationships to put clients in a position of strategic advantage.

Jeff most recently served as Staff Director to the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness.  He also served as Counsel to the full committee’s policy staff.  In that role, he was primarily responsible for all matters related to acquisition policy, industrial base issues, defense trade, and a $156 billion operation & maintenance budget.  Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, Jeff served as Legislative Director for the Coalition Provisional Authority Office of Legislative Affairs, working directly with senior CPA, Department of Defense, Department of State, Office of Management and Budget and White House officials.

He has written numerous articles related to the defense industry, government procurement and strategic materials.  He has appeared on Fox News and the BBC and been quoted in an array of news publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Business Week, and USA Today.  In 2012, he founded and currently serves on the Strategic Materials Advisory Council.  He also serves as a member of the U.S. Magnetic Materials Association and the REE World Advisory Board.

Prior to his extensive legislative branch and Pentagon experience, Jeff served in the Air Force as a Missile Combat Crew Commander and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve.

A graduate of George Washington University, the University of Miami and Cornell University, Jeff holds both a Masters of Law in Government Procurement and a Juris Doctor and is admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia, Florida and New Jersey.  He is currently Vice-Chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section’s Legislative Coordinating Committee.

George Hadjipanayis

George Hadjipanayis received the B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Athens (1969), and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Manitoba (Canada), in 1974 and 1979, respectively. Prof. Hadjipanayis was an assistant professor (1982-1985) and associate professor (1986-1988) in the Department of Physics at Kansas State University. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the University of Delaware as a full professor. In 1998, Prof. Hadjipanayis was a Humboldt Senior Fellow at the Max Planck institute (Stuttgart, Germany). In 1999, he assumed the position of Richard B. Murray Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and since 2003 has been the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware.

He has been recognized for seminal advances in scholarship with the Francis Alison Award (2005) and by elevation to Fellow of the American Physical Society (2001). Prof. Hadjipanayis’ areas of interest span hard magnetic materials with a focus on high performance permanent magnets and magnetic nanoparticles for storage media and biomedical applications. He has published more than 500 technical articles in peer-reviewed science and engineering journals, including book chapters, review articles, and invited technical feature articles on the topical areas of rare earth magnetism, nanotechnology, and permanent magnet materials, among others.

James Hedrick

James Hedrick is President of Hedrick Consultants, Inc, and is on the board of directors for U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. He retired from his position as the rare-earth commodity specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey in 2010 after nearly 32 years of U.S. Government service. He has studied all aspects of the rare-earth elements for the U.S. Government since 1981. His past responsibilities were to prepare the U.S. Government’s reviews and publications on a variety of minerals and metals. He continues to write articles for the minerals industry and has chaired various sessions on rare earths and strategic and critical minerals in both the United States and Europe.

Jim started his U.S. Government career in Oregon in 1978 as an engineering geologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-civilian. A year later he transferred with the government to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the U.S. Bureau of Mines to research strategic deposits, prepare cost feasibility studies, and review environmental impact statements for the Director of the Bureau of Mines. In 1981, he accepted a job with the U.S. Bureau of Mines at their headquarters in Washington, DC, as the rare-earth commodity specialist.  In addition to the rare earths, he was assigned an increasing number of mineral commodities including thorium, mica, hafnium, and zirconium.

Jim has published over 300 articles and professional papers on mineral commodities, including over 100 since arriving at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, in 1996.  He is a graduate of James Madison University with B.S. degrees in Geology and General Science, and did graduate study at North Carolina State University.

Upon retirement from the U.S. Geological Survey, Jim formed Hedrick Consultants, Inc. in Burke, Virginia. He is currently an advisor to several rare earth companies in Australia, Canada, and the United States. He provides consulting expertise on all aspects of the metal and industrial mineral industries.

Jack Lifton

Jack Lifton is a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC. He is also a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the technology metals, the term that he coined to describe those strategic rare metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, lithium and most of the rare metals.

Educated as a physical chemist, specializing in high-temperature metallurgy, Jack was first a researcher before becoming both a marketing and manufacturing executive. Finally, he became a metal trader specializing in the field of technology metals and of rare metals.

Today, after 49 years of industry involvement, he advises both OEM high tech industry and the global institutional-investment community, on the natural resource issues that impact either a proposed business model or a high-volume manufacturing plan for the mass market.

His work today is principally as a due-diligence consultant for institutional investors, looking into opportunities where rare and technology metals availability are a factor in determining the probability of commercial success of a metals-related venture.

Jack is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.