Industry Sector

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Total Companies


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This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in (1) developing mine sites, mining, and/or beneficiating (i.e., preparing) iron ores and manganiferous ores valued chiefly for their iron content and/or (2) producing sinter iron ore (except iron ore produced in iron and steel mills) and other iron ore agglomerates.


NAICS Code 212210 - Iron Ore Mining is a final level code of the “Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction” Sector. There are 12 companies classified in this industry in the USA with an estimated employment of 5,394 people.

Industry Examples

Common types of examples within NAICS Code 212210 - Iron Ore Mining are:

  • Agglomerates, iron ore, beneficiating
  • Briquets, iron, mining and/or beneficiating
  • Brown ore mining and/or beneficiating
  • Hematite mining and/or beneficiating
  • Iron ore (e.g., hematite, magnetite, siderite, taconite) mining and/or beneficiating
  • Iron ore agglomerates mining and/or beneficiating
  • Iron ore beneficiating plants (e.g., agglomeration, sintering)
  • Iron ore mine site development for own account
  • Iron ore, blocked, mining and/or beneficiating
  • Limonite mining and/or beneficiating
  • Manganiferous ores valued for iron content, mining and/or beneficiating
  • Siderite mining and/or beneficiating
  • Sintered iron ore produced at the mine
  • Taconite concentrates or agglomerates beneficiating
  • Taconite ores mining and/or beneficiating


For some business types, there may be a similar industry to NAICS Code 212210 - Iron Ore Mining that is a better classification match. Establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing pig iron ore are classified in NAICS Code - 331110 - Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing..