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More Solid Than Rock

Economic crisis continues to pummel the aggregates industry and corresponding construction materials markets. Housing and construction companies are dropping like flies. Limestone, hard rock, sand and gravel—all are feeling the pain. A U.S. Silica operation in Ottawa, Ill., however, seems immune to this phenomenon.

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Under The River

U.S. Silica’s property in Ottawa, Ill., is divided by the Illinois River. The north side of this dividing line was quickly running out of coarse sands, which many U.S. Silica customers rely on. The processing plant was on the north side, so the company had to confront the problem of feeding it from the opposite side.

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