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DEC 2018

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Page 42 of 99 ROCKproducts • December 2018 • 41 starts in Oklahoma totaled $6.2 billion in 2017 and $5.2 billion in 2016, according to ConstructConnect. • In Texas, construction contributed $92.8 billion (5.5 percent) of the state's GDP of $1.7 trillion, more than the industry's 4.3 percent share of U.S. GDP. Construction wages and salaries in 2017 totaled $427 billion in the United States, including $45.3 billion in Texas. Nonresi- dential spending in the United States totaled $714 billion in 2017 ($438 billion private, $277 billion public). Private nonresidential spending in Texas totaled $44.7 billion in 2017. State and local spending totaled $30.8 billion. Non- residential starts in Texas totaled $57 billion in 2017 and $50.9 billion in 2016, according to ConstructConnect. Around the Region Select Sands Corp. announced in October that it placed 26 employees at its Arkansas operations on temporary furlough until further notice. This necessary step resulted from the current industry-wide market disruption, which impacted demand for Select Sands' Northern White frac sand. Ship- ments and limited production continue, while the company continues to pursue additional opportunities. Select Sands Corp. also announced as part of its plans to improve logistics and create better efficiencies, the com- pany completed a new private road to gain direct access to a recently rebuilt Federal Highway from its producing Sand- town Quarry in Arkansas. Zig Vitols, president and CEO of Selects Sands said, "We continue to see strong demand for our Northern White frac sand product due to its premium quality and the strategic location of our operations relatively close to some of the most prolific producing oil and gas basins in the U.S. Building this road is another step in being more effective and efficient at meeting demand." Gen6 Proppants, a frac sand solutions provider, revealed its plans to develop a new frac sand mine to serve the Haynes- ville Shale region, with the acquisition of approximately 1,000 acres in Red River Parish in northern Louisiana. Per- mitting and procurement has begun on the new Louisiana mine and construction is expected to begin this year. Once fully commissioned, the mine is expected to produce 1.5 mil- lion tpy of frac sand. Shale Support, a leading provider of frac sand and logistical solutions to the oil and gas proppant market, announced it has closed on a deal purchasing two natural mines in Kinder and Central Louisiana. This expansion adds 2 million tons of nameplate capacity to Shale Support, increasing the organi- zation's total capacity to 5 million tons annually. Vista Proppants and Logistics LLC announced the devel- opment of a 1- to 1.5-million-tpy frac sand mine northeast of Fay, Okla., to serve customers primarily operating in the Mid-Continent region's SCOOP and STACK oil and gas plays. The company has completed the purchase of the 1,150-acre site, which is located on Highway 33 and has ready access to water, electricity and natural gas. Vista recently filed permit applications and will begin construction following permit approval. Preferred Proppants LLC announced that construction is underway on an in-basin frac sand mine and facility in Oakwood, Okla. Conveniently straddling Dewey and Blaine Counties, the facility will be located within five miles of two currently active rigs and within 75 miles of most major activ- ity in the region. Cemex marked the 50th anniversary of its Balcones Quarry in New Braunfels, Texas, holding an event to celebrate the facility's milestone while looking toward the operation's future. Employees, including Cemex USA Regional President – Texas and New Mexico Region Joel Galassini, attended the celebration, which included a planned quarry blast. Atlas Sand Co. LLC announced the grand opening of its Mona- hans, Texas, facility. On Oct. 30, the first scheduled deliveries of frac sand from the Atlas Monahans site were fulfilled. The Monahans facility's anticipated production capacity is currently approximately 4 million tpy, and management expected the facility to reach this production rate within the first six weeks. Badger Mining Corp. (BMC) sent out the first truckloads of sand from its new sand mining facility located eight miles north of Kermit, Texas. Less than nine months after break- ing ground on its 1,280-acre property on Texas Highway 18, production and loadout shipments have commenced with the target to be at total capacity by early next year. Cemex USA acquired a Blue Star Materials II aggregates oper- ation in Chico, Texas, positioning the company for expansion in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The 122-acre site and quarry plant is about 45 miles northwest of Fort Worth in Wise County and has more than 25 years of limestone reserves. The plant will supply aggregates for roads, bridges, commer- cial buildings, housing and other developments in the north Texas area. Sources: U.S. Geological Survey and Associated General Con- tractors of America.

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