Rock Products

MAR 2019

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24 • ROCK products • March 2019 FRAC SAND INSIDER Covia announced that with the joining of Fairmount Santrol and Unimin last June to form Covia, Best Sand and UNIPAR bunker sand and topdressing can be sourced from the same company. Nearly half of the top 100 golf courses in the United States are using Best Sand and UNIPAR bunker sand – making Covia products the clear choice of America's best facilities. Whether on the tees, the greens or the hazards, consistency and playability set Covia's golf sand apart. The cleaner, pure white sand that is always playable – with champi- onship-level performance and enduring aesthetics – is an important reason why country clubs and courses can attract new members. Superintendents and course maintenance directors, thinking about spring restoration projects, can count on Covia's coast- to-coast supply capabilities to ensure fast, door-to-door solutions with a comprehensive distribution network. Nearly 50 plants with more than 50 million tons of annual production capacity are strategically located, defining Covia as the dependable supplier. One course maintenance director said, "The company has a great product, regardless of the course location. You know what you're going to get; you know the product that's coming to you." "We're a new company with the same enduring commitment to our customers, which was the promise of Fairmount San- trol and Unimin," said Terry Gwinn, regional sales manager for golf and turf products. "Our name has changed, but our desire to see golf courses impress their players is permanent." Hi-Crush Resumes Operations at Whitehall, Idles Augusta Facility Hi-Crush Partners announced that it resumed operations at its Northern White frac sand production facility in Whitehall, Wis. Concurrently, the partnership announced that it has idled operations at its Northern White frac sand production facility in Augusta, Wis. "The dedicated and experienced workforce at the Augusta facility is in the process of transitioning to the operation of the Whitehall facility," the company said. "Our decision to resume operations at Whitehall and tem- porarily idle dry plant operations at our Augusta facility is a direct result of the evolving needs of our expanded E&P customer base," said Robert E. Rasmus, chairman and chief executive officer of Hi-Crush. "Since temporarily idling Whitehall dry plant operations last fall, our success in contracting with E&Ps has increased customer demand in basins better served by that facility. This increase in demand, predominantly in the Northeast, is more directly and effi- ciently served from our Blair and Whitehall facilities located on the Canadian National Railway. Our decision to resume operations at Whitehall will allow us to maintain optimal, cost-efficient service to our Northern White sand customers." "We believe that we operate the lowest cost production assets in the industry, and we constantly examine cost structures across all of our capabilities, including produc- tion, in-basin terminals, and last mile," said Laura C. Fulton, chief financial officer of Hi-Crush. "Given our expanded exist- ing relationships and recent success in establishing new contract relationships with E&P customers, the Northern White sand needs of those customers will be most efficiently served from combined production at our Whitehall, Blair and Wyeville facilities." Shale Support Secures Deal As Frac Sand Provider Shale Support Holdings LLC announced it has finalized a deal as a provider for a tier-one petroleum and natural gas explo- ration and production company. Shale Support will supply the tier-one E&P with high-quality frac sand from its Pica- yune, Miss., mine to the Eagle Ford Shale. "We are thrilled to enter into this strategic partnership with an industry-leading E&P," said Lee Hullman, vice president of business development. "The fact that Shale Support owns both the mine and destination terminal positioned our orga- nization to be an ideal strategic partner for our customer, allowing us to provide reliability and flexibility throughout the entire mining and transportation process, which is key to ensuring successful operations." Shale Support will deliver its "best-in-class" proppant to its Southton Rail Yard facility. Located south of San Antonio, in the heart of the Eagle Ford, Southton Rail Yard was built in 2013 as one of the first Purpose-Built Transload facilities in the country and is designed to handle large volumes of bulk material. In August 2018, Shale Support announced the completion of four new silos at the rail yard, with each new silo holding roughly 5,000 tons of bulk materials. Covia Products Used at 44 Top-Ranked Golf Courses

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