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Open letter to our customers regarding sodium sulphate supply in 2015

November 3, 2014

Dear Valued Customers:

Recent developments in the North American sodium sulfate market have impacted supply volumes for the remainder of 2014 and 2015 and have led to an increased early demand for our sodium sulfate production. Due to this, Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. (SMMI) is announcing, effective immediately, a $30USD-per-short-ton increase in both packaged and bulk deliveries of sodium sulfate on all volume that is currently not under contract for 2014 and 2015.

SMMI expects to be fully sold out of production through 2015.

While we are anticipating being sold out, we are still committed to you and to seeing that your needs are met as we work together through this market. To that end, we will focus on renewal business exclusively through November 17, 2014. Your service representative will be in touch with you very shortly to discuss your requirements for 2015 and to ensure that we lock in your volume.

SMMI will continue to supply to you the same service quality, product quality and attention that we always have and are looking forward to building on the relationships that we have forged through the years.

Should you have any questions, please message either me at, SMMI General Manager, Brent Avery at or your sales representative directly.

Yours truly,

Rodney J. McCann, President


Saskatchewan Mining And Minerals Inc. Unveils
Sodium Hydroxide And Ammonium Sulphate Conversion Project
October 10, 2014 - Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. (SMMI) announced today that it has nearly completed the installation of a dedicated sodium hydroxide and ammonium sulphate demonstration facility at its plant in Chaplin, Saskatchewan. The facility will be a trial site for SMMI’s proprietary sodium hydroxide and ammonium sulphate conversion technology.SMMI President Rodney McCann says the state-of-the-art facility is the culmination of years of research and preparation. “We’re very excited to announce this project, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the SMMI team and our partners.”To accommodate the resources and facilities required by the sodium hydroxide and ammonium sulphate project, SMMI plans to reduce production of sodium sulphate immediately, by 50,000 tons in 2015.

McCann says the sodium hydroxide and ammonium sulphate project moves SMMI a step closer to realizing its long-term vision of product diversification. “We’re always looking for ways that SMMI can better serve clients in a range of industries. The sodium hydroxide and ammonium sulphate project will let SMMI offer a wider variety of industrial minerals and chemicals to an expanded client base, while strengthening the foundation of our company.”

SMMI anticipates completing demonstration trials in its new facility over the next four to six months. Upon completion of the trials, the company plans to commission a full-scale commercial sodium hydroxide and ammonium sulphate facility within the next 18 to 24 months. The facility will operate alongside the existing SMMI sodium sulphate plant in Chaplin, which has been harvesting, processing and delivering premium-quality product for several decades.

Sodium hydroxide (NaOH), sometimes called caustic soda or lye, is essential to many industries, including the energy sector, textiles, pulp and paper, drinking water, soaps and detergents. Ammonium sulphate (NH4)2SO4 is an inorganic salt primarily used as a soil fertilizer.


Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. is a privately held corporation headquartered in Chaplin, Saskatchewan. With roots dating back to the 1940s, the company is the North American market leader in the production of high-quality sodium sulphate, with a reputation for reliability, responsible management and innovation.

For media information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Rodney J. McCann | President
Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc.
T: 403-253-7887

Brent E. Avery | General Manager
Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc.
T: 306-395-2561

A new name for Saskatchewan Minerals

October 2013 – We recently made the decision to change our name from Saskatchewan Minerals Inc. to Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. Why? We’ve evolved during our 65 years in business, and the name change reflects that. It also reflects the direction we’re going, slowly becoming stronger and more efficient, expanding our offerings to customers without compromising the reliability we’ve built our business on. As we honour our origins in Chaplin and the long history of our sodium sulphate operation, we’re looking far into the future too.

A gold standard company

February 2013 – 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 in 2009; now, four years later, we’ve been named a Gold Standard Member. We couldn’t be more proud

Saskatchewan Minerals president and CEO Rodney McCann says meeting the Gold Standard is a tribute to everyone at the company. “To win the designation for one year was wonderful. To be recognized four years in a row is beyond our expectations. The designation has become central to our company and our culture, and we’re committed to constantly improving our standards, and being named a Best Managed Company for many years to come.”

The screening process

A long-time industry leader in sodium sulphate production and distribution, Saskatchewan Minerals caught the eye of the Best Managed Companies program for our leadership in areas from technological innovation to environmental responsibility — not to mention the outstanding dedication of our employees to the company and its vision.

The prestigious Best Companies designation — a mark of corporate excellence since the creation of this national awards program in 1993 — continues to be an aspiration for Canadian-owned and -managed private companies. Each year, hundreds of organizations compete for the honour. Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post and Queen’s School of Business, the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices. Using a rigorous independent screening process, the awards program measures each company on performance, growth, leadership, vision, dedication to core competencies and innovation.

Teamwork and top quality standards

Maintaining our status as a Best Managed Company means Saskatchewan Minerals can continue to provide top-quality product for years to come, and continue giving our clients the best, most efficient service possible.

Rodney McCann considers the designation an example of the heights that can be reached by a strong team. “Saskatchewan Minerals was chosen for this honour because of the dedication of its employees, suppliers and clients. Attaining Gold Standard Membership was truly a group effort. It took hard work, vision, dedication, focus and determination from everyone involved with Saskatchewan Minerals. We’re extremely grateful to all our employees, clients and partners who have helped us reach and maintain this high standard. It’s a tremendous honour.”

About Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies program

Established in 1993, the Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies is a national awards program, recognizing Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applications are reviewed by an independent judging panel that evaluates how companies address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management, leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems, and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.

About Saskatchewan Minerals Inc.

Saskatchewan Minerals Inc. is an innovative, efficient and environmentally responsible world leader in the production of sodium sulphate. Over 80 domestic and international customers use Saskatchewan Minerals’ sodium sulphate in the production of detergents, pulp and paper, glass, textile, starch, carpet deodorizers and livestock mineral feed.
In August 2009, Saskatchewan Minerals celebrated the production of the 10,000,000th ton of sodium sulphate shipped during 61 years of business. Saskatchewan Minerals Inc. is a privately held company.