2013 - IN THIS ISSUE

Seasons greetings from our team

We love the holiday season at Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals, and all the many ways it can be celebrated. Most of all, we like the season’s spirit of giving. One of the things that has united our team over the years is our commitment to charities and causes that matter to all of us. Building …

Glenn Jackle’s Forecast for the 2014 Harvest Season

In 2013, Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals harvested high levels of raw sodium sulphate from Chaplin Lake. Senior Quality and Process Engineer Glenn Jackle anticipates similar success in 2014. How would you describe current conditions at Chaplin Lake? The forecast indicates that this fall will be cooler than normal. We’re also expecting snow, which helps cool …

Where Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Began

Men of the Chaplin plant in 1948. Photo courtesy of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society. Prior to 1948, Chaplin Lake was simply a landscape feature for a small farming community. Then a sodium sulphate operation called Saskatchewan Minerals (now Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals) opened its doors, and the village, the lake and the plant …

Seven Ways We’re Keeping Quality High and Prices Affordable

We may have been in business for more than 60 years, but the Saskatchewan Minerals team is always trying to find ways to be better at what we do. Sometimes we launch major initiatives, and sometimes we make small, daily efforts that add up. Here are a few of the many things we’ve been doing …

How We Keep Our Railcar Fleet In Top Condition

With a 168-railcar fleet covering a vast rail network, wear and tear is inevitable. Because Saskatchewan Minerals is committed to providing premium quality sodium sulphate, we make tracking and maintaining railcars a priority — even one compromised railcar could result in compromised product. IntelliTrack Since 2007, the Saskatchewan Minerals logistics team has managed railcar repairs …

Why We’re Proud to Assist Innovative Research Projects

A deceptively simple compound, sodium sulphate has proven invaluable in a range of products and industrial processes … and now as a research variable. The Saskatchewan Minerals team was excited when scientists approached us about the possibility of using sodium sulphate in their agricultural and environmental research. “We really jumped all over the idea,” says …

Doing business together for more than two decades

Saskatchewan Minerals couldn’t be happier to be in a long-term business relationship with Chem-Way Corporation, and the feeling is mutual. The alliance between Saskatchewan Minerals and Chem-Way Corporation dates back to the summer of 1992, when the North Carolina chemical distributor came on board to store, package and truck sodium sulphate to customers in the …

Preparation and organization keep deliveries arriving despite stormy weather

A severe late-March storm hasn’t stopped sodium sulphate deliveries from reaching Saskatchewan Minerals customers. Last month we told you about the successful raw salt harvest at Saskatchewan Minerals’ Chaplin plant. Now, that product has been stockpiled, processed and loaded into railcars and trucks, and is on its way to our customers across North America. Like …

A gold standard company

This year, Saskatchewan Minerals goes gold. After being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for four consecutive years, we’ve become a Gold Standard Member. It was a golden day at Saskatchewan Minerals when we learned that our company had again been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. We were first awarded the distinction …

Process, Progress and the Saskatchewan Research Council

Our long-standing relationship with the Saskatchewan Research Council has helped Saskatchewan Minerals maintain industry-leading quality standards. At Saskatchewan Minerals, we owe our reputation for quality to our stringent processes. The development of these processes was greatly influenced by input from the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), an organization we’ve worked with for more than 40 years. …