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JUN 2013

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Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co. Donates To Schools Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co., a subsidiary of Fairmount Minerals, recently distributed more than $176,000 to schools throughout four Wisconsin counties, according to the Pierce County Herald. Two of the grants awarded by the Fairmount Minerals Foun‐ dation went to the Plum City School District. The $19,100 donation will be used to install new computers in the mid‐ dle/high school computer lab, and to install climate control in their server room. "The school district has faced some tough challenges with declining enrollment the past six years, and the lack of fund‐ ing has resulted in many repair projects being delayed and the inability to replace aging technology," said Plum City Middle/High School Principal Paul Churchill, who indicated the number of computers in the district is approximately 180 and they should be replaced on a five‐year rotation. "The donation comes at a very good time as we strive to stay current with technology improvements in our school dis‐ trict. Small schools have certainly seen their share of finan‐ cial difficulties in recent years, but the benefits of providing our students with a small school experience are well worth the challenges to keep our school viable in years to come," Churchill said. WISC Regional Sustainable Development Coordinator Lau‐ ren Evans said the volunteer and charitable contribution programs at WISC and Fairmount Minerals go above and be‐ yond any programs she's seen at other companies. "Fairmount prides themselves in its sustainable develop‐ ment programs, and a big part of that is giving back to the communities where we live and work. I am grateful that we were able to make such a big impact on the schools in our community," Evans said. Grants to Ellsworth High School, Prairie View Elementary School, Spring Valley Elementary and Middle/High Schools, and St. Francis School have supported everything from aca‐ demic programs to technology and capital improvements. Proppant Sales to Increase According to a new report, The Proppants Market 2013‐ 2023, in the United States and Canada depressed natural gas prices have caused a major shift in proppant destina‐ tions away from unconventional gas plays and toward un‐ conventional oil plays. The advent of LNG exports will play a part in a minor recovery of natural gas prices over the coming decade; this, in turn, will improve proppant sales in North America in the latter part of the forecast period as hydraulic fracturing of drier unconventional plays picks up. The amount of hydraulic fracturing jobs performed will increase significantly in Russia and China over the next 10 years. The former is aiming to exploit tight/shale oil re‐ serves, whilst the latter harbors ambitions for all types of unconventional resources with natural gas the focus of at‐ tention. Sales of proppants destined for use in Russia is poised for take‐off, whereas the difficulty in developing unconventionals in China will stack the greater increase in sales from 2018 to 2023. In addition to these two emerg‐ ing markets, there are a number of other countries that will demand more proppant over the coming decade, such as Australia. The use of multi‐stage horizontal fracturing is also a boon to proppant sales as it dramatically increases the volume of proppants per well. The use of this technique will expand worldwide over the next 10 years, increasing the econom‐ ics of projects and driving up demand for proppants. Keep Production Moving Arching, plugging, uncontrolled flow, and no flow are common problems with many bulk materials such as coal, limestone, ash, cement, asphalt, and fine ores. Testing by Jenike & Johanson and field applications, have shown CRODON Wear Plate to often be a superior solution for select applications with abrasive materials that are also sticky/difficult to flow. Use CRODON Wear Plate to transport your difficult materials efficiently with less down time and better productivity. For more information contact us at: email: or call us at (888) 346-4747 ROCKproducts • JUNE 2013 15

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