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History

The Saskatchewan Minerals’ plant at Chaplin, Saskatchewan, was officially opened as a crown corporation for the province of Saskatchewan in 1948 by Premier T. C. Douglas.
Construction started on Saskatchewan Minerals’ plant at Chaplin, Saskatchewan in 1947. It was officially opened as a crown corporation for the province of Saskatchewan in 1948 by Premier T. C. Douglas. The first carload of sodium sulphate (salt cake) was shipped in 1948 to Bathhurst Pulp & Paper in New Brunswick. As the demand for salt cake grew, so did Saskatchewan Minerals.

In 1954, Saskatchewan Minerals acquired Bishopric, an existing sodium sulphate operation located near Mossbank, Saskatchewan.In 1981, Saskatchewan Minerals purchased another operation, Sybouts, located near Gladmar, Saskatchewan. The plants at Bishopric and Sybouts were similar to that of Chaplin in that they only produced the salt cake grade material.

With the demand for sodium sulphate shifting from salt cake to a higher grade, commonly called detergent grade. Saskatchewan Minerals started the construction of Ingebrigt in 1966. At the time of construction, it had what was considered the most innovative equipment and techniques for extracting the salts from the water. This technique is known as submerged combustion.

As the salt cake market continued to disappear and the detergent market continued to grow, Saskatchewan Minerals made a major investment into their future and installed state-of-the-art multiple-effect evaporation at the Chaplin operation in 1983. The state-of-the-art equipment not only allowed for Chaplin to produce high-grade sodium sulphate but to do so in a very efficient manner. The preference for the high-grade material continued and, in 1984, Bishopric and Sybouts were closed permanently.

In 2005, Saskatchewan Minerals changed ownership and began operating as Saskatchewan Minerals Inc.. In 2013, the company’s name was updated to Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. to better reflect our long-term vision.

Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals’ acceptance to change and growth has resulted in a small Saskatchewan company becoming a world leader in the Sodium Sulphate industry.