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JAN 2013

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FEATURE ON TRACK WITH FRAC SOUTHERN OHIO SAND SETS UP A SYSTEM TO MAKE MOUNTAINS OF MATERIAL. By Mark S. Kuhar CHALLENGE: Set up a frac sand operation at an existing sand and gravel plant. SOLUTION: A McLanahan Hydrosizer, and a variety of other equipment, contribute to the plant's success. TIP: Have your sand product tested to see if it is usable as frac sand, or proppant. 22 ROCKproducts • JANUARY 2013 I n the rolling hills of Ohio, there is an abundant supply of sand and gravel. The owners of Southern Ohio Sand, headquartered in Beaver, Ohio, chose that location to produce quality silica sand and gravel prod‐ ucts for various applications. Southern Ohio Sand was founded in 2006 by Jon Paglio, Ron Vaughn and Frank DeMilta. They began to pro‐ duce sand for industrial and con‐ struction purposes, but they ultimately determined that their site gave them an edge in the frac indus‐ try for three reasons: The area was rich with product. n The product was quite pure. n The central Ohio location made it ideal to transport the product to both the Midwest and East Coast. n "When we started up, we began to see an increase in activity in the Marcel‐ lus Shale formation in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio," Paglio said. "We originally hoped frac sand would make up 10 percent of our produc‐ tion, but as we looked ahead, we de‐ termined it could be much more."

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