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  • A Better Blend

    A.F. Gelhar Diversifies to Produce Silica Sand for Use as Frac Sand. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
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    Low Oil Prices Have Taken Their Toll, But Frac Sand Production Continues and There Are Positive Signals Ahead. By Mark S. Kuhar Read More
  • Rock Products 120th Anniversary

    In This Special Year-Long Series Celebrating Our 120th Year Publishing Milestone, Rock Products Presents A History Of The Aggregates Industry. In This Issue, We Cover The Years 1940-1949. Read More
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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

Funding Levels Discussed

Nov. 23, 2015 – According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its estimates of the costs of the House surface...
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Prime-Time Products

Rockshield Custom Rubber Wear Components

Rockshield Rubber Co., Milltown, Wis., specializes in the manufacture of custom rubber wear components for the mining and aggregate industries. More than 40 years of industry experience combined with our...
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Rock Stars

Charlie Potts

Charles F. Potts, chairman of the board of Indianapolis-based Heritage Construction & Materials, and past chairman (2008) of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), is the 2014 recipient...
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Manufacturers in Focus

Liebherr Hosts Sales Seminar

More than 170 sales professionals, dealers, Liebherr representatives, customers and special guests gathered at Liebherr Construction Equipment's 2015 Sales Seminar and Open House held Nov. 2-6 at the Liebherr Construction...
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People on the Move

ALLU Group Names Chavez President, CEO

ALLU Group Inc. announced that Edgar J. Chavez will take over as president and CEO, replacing Mardi Ohanessian who will be retiring at the end of 2015.
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120th Anniversary Celebration

Rock Products 120th Anniversary - Part 5

In This Special Year-Long Series Celebrating Our 120th Year Publishing Milestone, Rock Products Presents A History Of The Aggregates Industry. In This Issue, We Cover The Years 1940-1949.
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Off-Highway Diesel Prices

The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Nov. 24 is $2.185. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $2.218.
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Canadian Frac Sand Plant to Move Forward

Victory Nickel Inc. has received the required approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator to develop the 400,000-tpy Seven Persons frac sand processing facility just southwest of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

AER approval was granted to BG Solutions Inc., the company selling the 7P facility to Victory Nickel. As announced in the company’s news release of Jan. 9, 2013, a payment of $300,000 toward the purchase of the 7P facility has now been made as AER approval was a condition of the purchase.

“The AER approval has huge implications for Victory Silica Ltd.’s plan to begin marketing frac sand in 2013,” said René Galipeau, vice-chairman and CEO of Victory Nickel. “We will now begin the reclamation work and the upgrades at the 7P plant, which are already fully funded, with the goal of generating cash flow before the end of the year.”

“Producing frac sand from the 7P facility is the first step in VSL’s three-phased plan to establish Victory Nickel as a premier frac sand supplier to northern markets, and this will be a very busy summer at the 7P Facility and on the marketing side. Our goal is to complete all work in time to begin processing frac sand before the end of the season,” said CEO Ken Murdock.

Establishing production of premium-quality Midwest frac sand by shipping partially-processed sand purchased in Wisconsin to the 7P for final processing and distribution is the first phase of VSL’s strategy. The 7P facility is well located in an area populated with fracking companies, its customers, and it is within only a few hours’ trucking distance of major oil play well sites.

Phase 2, which includes the construction of a concentrator in Wisconsin, will reduce costs and assure security of sand supply through the control of a frac sand mine in Wisconsin. In Phase 3, Victory Silica has identified a site in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where it plans to build a larger frac sand plant to process and distribute both imported and domestic sands, including sand mined as a co-product of development of a nickel mine at its 100 percent-owned Minago project in Manitoba.

“The 7P facility provides VSL with several competitive advantages,” added Murdock. “First, the lack of well-located, large-volume, manufacturer-controlled dry product storage is a huge issue in the frac sand industry, and the 7P facility already has over 20,000 tons of dry storage capacity. Second, by locating our dry processing and storage facilities close to the wellhead – at the 7P facility and, ultimately, Winnipeg – VSL is able to avoid product degradation from the over-handling that is common in the traditional frac sand supply chain, thereby maximizing the quality of our frac sand products while at the same time minimizing the logistics challenges for our oilfield service company clients involved in the delivery of frac sand to the well.”