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Saskatchewan Minerals is meeting ever-growing customer demand with its strategic placement and operation in the Windy City.

Saskatchewan Minerals knows a thing or two about strategic positioning. Having expanded business to different locations across North America, the company is focused on growth and the opportunity to serve its widespread customer base better.

Its warehouse operation in Joliet, Ill., on the outskirts of Chicago, enables Saskatchewan Minerals to meet customer demand more efficiently, not to mention at a lower cost.

“As a major hub, Chicago is centrally located and accessible to many of our chemical distributors and customers who require packaged material,” says Anita Stettner, regional accounts and logistics manager at Saskatchewan Minerals. “Our Joliet facility helps us to meet bulk truck requirements, and the large floor space accommodates ample inventory to manage our customers’ needs with shorter lead-time than our competitors.”

Meeting Schedules

In an industry that deals with tight schedules and short lead-times, efficiency is crucial to success. With a central location that’s easily accessible by a large base of chemical users, Saskatchewan Minerals is always prepared for custom orders and special requests.

“The Chicago-area facility extends our reach exponentially and allows us to ship product to our end-users by train for long distances, and by truck for shorter distances,” says Anita. “Not only is this efficient supply chain logistics, but it also offers a reduced fuel surcharge (FSC) to our end consumer.”

With access to some of North America’s major railways – including CN, CP, and NS – the Chicago facility allows Saskatchewan Minerals to mitigate challenges quickly — “issues such as railroad labour disputes or severe weather conditions,” explains Anita.

Working with Seeler Industries, Inc.

North America’s largest independent distributor of hydrogen peroxide, Seeler Industries, Inc., operates the chemical terminal facility for Saskatchewan Minerals in Joliet. Providing timely and efficient storage, warehousing, transloading, transfer and packaging services for Saskatchewan Minerals, Seeler Industries knows how to get the job done.

Ric Cruse, manager of property and business development for Seeler Industries, Three Rivers Terminal, explains that the terminal executes bulk transfers and packages sodium sulphate in 50-pound bags and super-sacks for Saskatchewan Minerals. “Communication between both of our organizations has always been excellent,” says Ric.

Seeler Industries offers a top-notch facility that also accommodates Saskatchewan Minerals’ requirement for FCC packaged materials.

“Seeler is very accommodating to Saskatchewan Minerals and works with us on our continuous improvement goals,” says Anita. “The Joliet facility offers standard-sized totes and heavy-duty bags, and its custom packaging in big bags or drums means we’re able to efficiently meet bulk truck requirements. We certainly couldn’t provide this level of service without the management and staff at Seeler in Joliet.”

For Ric, the partnership has proven itself to be a fulfilling one. “We definitely enjoy working alongside Saskatchewan Minerals on a daily basis,” he says. “Saskatchewan Minerals personnel are some of the most productive and proactive people we’ve ever worked with.”