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U.S. Silica will not be affected by Illinois plant expansion

July 09, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The expansion of the new processing facility in Ottawa, Ill., will be good for U.S. Silica Co., but it will have no effect on the Berkeley Springs plant, a company official said this week.

John Ulizio, president of U.S. Silica, said Monday the expanded production of frac sands of Ottawa White, "has nothing to do with the plant in Berkeley Springs."

A late June press release announced the facility is to be completed in the third quarter of 2009 and will "increase the plant's capacity to produce ISO/API specification frac sand by more than 500,000 tons annually."

"The U.S. Silica Ottawa plant has greater than 20 years of permitted reserved, and production can be further increased to serve the needs of the oil, gas, and well service industries if market conditions require additional capacity," according to the release.

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U.S. Silica has locations throughout the United States with headquarters in Berkeley Springs.

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