Ishpeming, MI — Cliffs Natural Resources, (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF)
announced today (May 8th) that its Global Operations Services Technology Group, located in Ishpeming, MI, has received the International Organization for Standardization’s certification for the analysis of iron ore pellets.

The ISO 9001:2008 certification recognizes organizations that can link business objectives with operating effectiveness. This certification is issued by Strategic Resources, Inc., an accredited registrar that issues quality, environmental, health & safety, and security management system registration certificates based on internationally recognized standards.

“Cliffs is committed to providing the best quality product for our customers,” said Marc Johnson, senior director, technical services. “This certification shows that commitment and demonstrates the dedication of our employees to produce a quality product that meets customer standards.”

Companies that receive ISO 9001:2008 certifications have demonstrated effective records management, customer commitment, planning and implementation, resource management, efficient process control and measurement and analysis.

The Technology Group is the technical division of Cliffs Natural Resources focusing on resource evaluation, feasibility studies, project development and process optimization across the Cliffs organization.

About Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. A member of the S&P 500 Index, the Company is a major global iron ore producer and a significant producer of high- and low-volatile metallurgical coal. Cliffs’ strategy is to continually achieve greater scale and diversification in the mining industry through a focus on serving the world’s largest and fastest growing steel markets. Driven by the core values of social, environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs associates across the globe endeavor to provide all stakeholders operating and financial transparency.

The Company is organized through a global commercial group responsible for sales and delivery of Cliffs products and a global operations group responsible for the production of the minerals the Company markets. Cliffs operates iron ore and coal mines in North America and two iron ore mining complexes in Western Australia. The Company also has a 45% economic interest in a coking and thermal coal mine in Queensland, Australia. In addition, Cliffs has a major chromite project, in the pre-feasibility stage of development, located in Ontario, Canada.

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