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Frac Sand Loading Plant Will Serve Muskie Proppant

According to the Chippewa Herald, when Pat Bischel heard that Muskie Proppant was encountering resistance in locating a frac sand loading plant in Eau Claire, Wis., he got to work. The result is a sand loading facility that will wind up on property west of the Chippewa Falls, Wis., city limits.

Muskie Proppant, which has an office in Menomonie, Wis., reportedly signed a three-year contract with the town of Wheaton last week. The contract is effective Dec. 1. “We’ve struggled the last five years,” said Bischel, owner of Northern Crossarm, a company that sells pressurized wood to the housing industry. “This is going to allow us to strengthen the company and this is going to benefit our employees. And overall, this will allow us to weather this economic climate,”

Bischel said that Muskie Proppant would use five rail cars a day, which would translate into 20 trucks a day. Doug Clary, the planning and zoning administrator for Chippewa County, guessed there could be as many as 40 to 50 trucks per day.

Bischel said sand will not be stored on the Northern Crossarm site. Instead, sand would be unloaded from trucks and then loaded on a conveyor belt into railroad cars using a spur line on the Northern Crossarm property.