IDEA Drilling has performed diamond core drilling services since 1997 for a wide range of mineral exploration and mining customers operating in the U.S, including some of the largest and most recognized companies in the industry. We have earned our reputation as highly productive and fairly priced, along with an excellent safety record and a commitment to environmental responsibility. We have the experience and expertise to take on some of the most complex and challenging projects and our drill rig fleet allows us to drill to a depth of 9,000 feet.

IDEA's mineral exploration projects include diamond core drilling for copper, nickel, platinum, palladium and gold discovery. Our mining projects include core drilling for reserve definition for taconite mines and the pre-mining phase for nonferrous metals projects. Most of our customer projects are located in the upper Midwest, primarily in Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We strive to maintain and grow our share of these markets through customer service excellence and fair pricing. However, we have provided, and will continue to provide, core drilling services outside of the Midwest. IDEA's future plans include the diversification of our business, including expansion to new geographies and to customers outside of the mining industry, as well as the introduction of other types of drilling services beyond diamond core drilling.

Below is a list of places where we have performed projects in the last few years.

  • Kershaw, South Carolina
  • McGregor, Minnesota
  • Carlton, Minnesota
  • Virginia, Minnesota
  • Mt. Iron, Minnesota
  • Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Baudette, Minnesota
  • Colerain, Minnesota
  • Ely, Minnesota
  • Babbitt, Minnesota
  • Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Burnsville, Minnesota
  • Emily, Minnesota
  • Cook, Minnesota
  • Elk Creek, Nebraska


  • Cedar City, Utah
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Dallas Center, Iowa Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Mellen, Wisconsin
  • Stephenson, Wisconsin
  • Wausau, Wisconsin
  • White Pine, Michigan
  • Calumet, Michigan
  • Copper Harbor, Michigan
  • Jordan, Michigan
  • Marquette, Michigan
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jerome, Arizona
  • Nederland, Colorado
  • Butte, Montana