IMA-NA announces safety recognition awards

Tina Grady Barbaccia

April 28, 2011

The Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) on April 28 announced the companies and mining operations that will receive its safety recognition awards.

IMA-NA Vice Chairman David Brown and IMA-NA President Mark Ellis presented the awards at the IMA-NA’s Spring Meeting. The safety recognition awards program is run in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Six companies and 24 individual mining operations were honored. The two classes of awards recognize different levels of safety performance.

The IMA-NA Safety Achievement Award recognizes the best reportable injury rate for an individual IMA-NA member company by size category for the preceding calendar year, in this case 2010.

The award criteria evaluate a company’s safety performance at all of its U.S. facilities and non-U.S. mining sites in North America. This year’s winners include the following:

  • OCI Wyoming L.P.


Large Category (700,000 or more employee hours)

(761,860 hours)

  • Columbia River Carbonates

Woodland, Wash.

Medium Category (Fewer than 700,000 but more than 100,000 employee hours)

(104,358 hours)

  • Old Hickory Clay Company

Mayfield, Ky.

Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)

(71,196 hours)

“The safety performance of these IMA members is truly inspiring,” enthused IMA-NA’s Mark Ellis.  “OCI Wyoming had only 3 injuries while working 761,860 employee hours, for an injury rate of 0.79 per 200,000 employee work-hours. Columbia River Carbonates and Old Hickory Clay Company each had a zero reportable injury rate, while working 104,358 and 71,196 employee work-hours respectively. To put that in perspective, the preliminary injury rate for all metal and nonmetal mines in 2010 was 2.56.”

Three additional Small Category companies tied the winning zero reportable injury rate, but had fewer employee hours.

Of these companies, Ellis said, “These honorees operated all of their mines throughout 2010 with zero injuries. That truly is benchmark mine safety performance.”

Each company received a Safety Achievement Certificate in recognition of their outstanding safety performance.

The companies include the following:

  • A.F. Gelhar Co., Inc.

Fairwater, Wis.

Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)

(30,268 hours)

  • C.E.D. Process Minerals, Inc.

Akron, Ohio

Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)

(24,547 hours)

  • S&B Industrial Minerals N.A., Inc.

Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Small Category (Fewer than 100,000 employee hours)

(20,837 hours)

IMA-NA and MSHA also jointly recognized 24 individual IMA-NA-member U.S. mining operations for working 200,000 continuous employee hours during 2010 without a single reportable employee injury. This year’s honorees include:

First-Time Honorees

  • KaMin LLC

Sandersville Plant

Washington County, Ga.

(340,728 hours)

  • Imerys SA

Sylacauga – Imerys USA

Talladega County, Ala.

(314,413 hours)

  • KaMin LLC

Wrens Plant

Jefferson County, Ga.

(294,127 hours)

  • Bentonite Performance Minerals LLC

Colony Mill

Crook County, Wy.

(274,065 hours)

  • KaMin LLC

Macon Plant

Twiggs County, Ga.

(240,236 hours)

  • Carmeuse Lime & Stone Inc.

Longview Operation

Shelby County, Ala.

(232,302 hours)

  • Carmeuse Lime & Stone Inc.

Maple Grove Operations

Seneca County, Ohio

(231,803 hours)

  • U.S. Silica Company

Rockwood Plant

Wayne County, Mich.

(203,913 hours)

  • Unimin Corporation

Unimin Quartz / Feldspar Operation

Mitchell County, N.C.

202,792 hours)

  • Columbia River Carbonates

Woodland Mill

Cowlitz, Wash.

(200,459 hours)

Repeat Honorees

  • Specialty Minerals Inc. (2008 & 2009)


Berkshire County, Mass.

(701,950 hours)

  • Old Hickory Clay Company (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, & 2009)

Hickory Clay Mill

Graves County, Ky.

(459,913 hours)

  • Unimin Corporation (2004)

Unimin Red Hill Iota

Mitchell County, N.C.

(406,701 hours)

  • Sand Express, Columbus Texas (2009)

A Division of The Quikrete Companies

Colorado County, Texas

(355,419 hours)

  • Kentucky-Tennessee Clay Company (2008 & 2009)

Crenshaw Mine and Plant

Panola County, Miss.

(339,162 hours)

  • Rio Tinto Minerals (2007)

Three Forks Mill

Gallatin County, Mont.

(336,224 hours)

  • Carmeuse Lime & Stone Inc. (2009)

Filler Products – North Mill

Murray County, Ga.

(335,436 hours)

  • Unimin Corporation (2009)

Unimin Ione Plant

Amador County, Calif.

(331,074 hours)

  • Unimin Corporation (2008 & 2009)

Unimin Byron Plant

Contra Costa County, Calif.

(293,669 hours)

  • Carmeuse Lime & Stone Inc. (2009)

Middletown Quarry

Frederick County, Va.

(291,067 hours)

  • Imerys SA (2009)

Deepstep Land and Mines

Washington County, Ga.

(277,048 hours)

  • Bentonite Performance Minerals LLC (2009)

Lovell Mill

Bighorn County, Wy.

(274,065 hours)

  • A.F. Gelhar Co., Inc. (2009)

Markesan Plant

Green Lake County, Wis.

(240,683 hours)

  • Imerys SA (2009)

Macon County Mines

Macon County, Ga.

(221,746 hours)

“MSHA and IMA-NA strive to help the industry achieve its ultimate goal — sending safe and healthy miners home to their families, every shift, every day,” said David Brown, IMA-NA’s vice chairman and president and CEO of Wyo-Ben, Inc. (Billings, Mont.). “We’re pleased to recognize IMA-NA member companies that have compiled excellent safety records and who serve as examples for other companies.”

MSHA is the federal agency responsible for promoting and protecting the safety and health of the nation’s miners. MSHA carries out its mandate at all mining and mineral processing operations in the United States, regardless of size, number of employees, commodity mined, or method of extraction. To learn more, visit

IMA-NA was formed in April 2002 and represents mineral producer members and associate members providing goods and services to the industrial minerals industry. Membership is comprised of companies that are leaders in the ball clay, barite, bentonite, borates, calcium carbonate, diatomite, feldspar, industrial sand, kaolin, magnesia, mica, soda ash (trona), talc, wollastonite, and other industrial minerals industries. IMA-NA is the principal trade association representing the industrial minerals industry in North America. To learn more, visit

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