BMC Opens Research and Development Center

A previously unoccupied building in Taylor, Wis., is now home to Badger Mining Corp.'s (BMC) new state-of-the-art Research and Development Center. Renovations to the 5,280-sq.-ft. building, which at one time housed an athletic apparel business and more recently was used for larger meetings and gatherings, began in September 2015 and were completed in early 2016. Final additions to the lab area continued until completion this summer.

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Hexion Releases New Resin-Coated Proppants

The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Hexion Inc. announced the release of its kRT resin-coated proppants that provide a cost-effective option for the oil and gas industry, while delivering superior performance compared to uncoated frac sand, according to the company.

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Report: North American Silica Sand Demand Will Increase

Silica sand demand in North America is forecast to expand 5.1 percent per year through 2020 to 82.8 million metric tons, according to World Industrial Silica Sand, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

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Minnesota County Bans Frac Sand Mining

According to the Winona Post, Winona County, Minn., board members Marie Kovecsi, Greg Olson and Jim Pomeroy voted 3-2 vote to move forward with banning the frac sand industry in rural Winona County. A final vote on the ban will not be held until the board’s November 22 meeting and the board could still change course.

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