April 2011 - IN THIS ISSUE

A Best Managed Company… again!

Second Straight Recognition for Saskatchewan Minerals For the second year running, Saskatchewan Minerals has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Every year, hundreds of companies from across the country vie for this prestigious designation, undergoing a rigorous independent screening process that evaluates their management skills and practices. We are proud and honoured …

Burgers Help Support Local Sports

Hockey Fundraiser Helps Sports at the Community Level Saskatchewan Minerals recently assisted in staging a Hockey Burger Cook-off, with proceeds going to raise funds for sports in Chaplin. The Herbert Hawks (which includes three players from Chaplin, SK on the team) squared off against the junior novice team from Moose Jaw, and much of the …

Employee Spotlight

Meet Bruce Olson, Journeyman Welder Bruce Olson proved his familiarity with the “Saskatchewan Minerals way” when he went on a recent customer sales trip to Eastern Canada to fix a railcar unloading issue. A welder for 19 years with the company, his innovative thinking combined with experience and commitment to quality led to finding the …

Getting the most from a saline lake (Part 1)

Innovative dikes maximize Chaplin’s brine harvest Chaplin Lake encompasses nearly 20 square miles (52 sq. km.) and another 10 square miles of fresh water storage area. The lake is also the second largest saline water body in Canada, and can hold upwards of 16,000 Acre Feet (16 000 acre foot = 5,213,622,932.2 gallon [US, liquid]) …

On the Horizon

Looking Ahead Saskatchewan Minerals is more than 60 years old, but there’s nothing old about our approach to innovation. We’re always committed to getting things done and improving our operations to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs in the future. Applying both rational thought and creative thinking to our efforts, we’re able to solve problems with …

President’s Message

A Few Words from Rod’s Corner In this issue of The Element, we’re placing a particular focus on innovation, which has always been a mark of pride at Saskatchewan Minerals. You’ll see our commitment to innovation in projects such as the railcar adapter we designed with Smoot for a valued customer, in our ongoing relationship …

Big Cat® Equipment a Sign of Long-Term Co-operation

Kramer Ltd and Saskatchewan Minerals go back 60+ years Saskatchewan Minerals and Kramer Ltd have several things in common besides being recently recognized among Canada’s Best 50 Managed Companies. They are both headquartered in Saskatchewan, both dedicated to constant innovation – and they have both been working together for more than 60 years. Caterpillar a …

Customized Railcar Adapter Benefits Customer

Innovation boosts delivery potential for a valued customer When a valued customer came to Saskatchewan Minerals looking to substantially increase its sodium sulphate delivery volume, it became apparent that, if the company was going to meet this challenge, it would have to change the way it traditionally serviced this account. Typically, Saskatchewan Minerals serviced the …