National Miners Day: A Day of A Great Honor
Made in America, by American Miners. Supplying Minerals for the Demands of Our Society
December 6th marks National Miners Day. As a mining and mineral company, Dicalite Management Group celebrates the hardworking men and women who make our company possible. The national holiday marks the day when the nation honors the industrious men and woman that supply the minerals for the demands of our society. Some might say the term “Made in America” stemmed from deep mining roots. It is on this day that we are proud of the saying, “Made in America.” Year-after-year on December 6th we are reminded of our deep and rich history, because if it weren’t for the hardworking men and woman the company’s near century of mining experience would be meaningless. It is on this day – and every day – we soak in the words “Made in America, by American Miners” to honor our past and pave our future.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta best explained the importance of this day: “On National Miners Day, we recognize and celebrate miners for all they do to maximize our natural resources and make our modern life possible. Mining is a source of good, family-sustaining jobs. At the Department of Labor, we are committed to ensuring miners have safe and healthy working conditions so they can return home safely to their loved ones at the end of each shift. Today, and every day, I thank our miners for their hard work and dedication, which strengthens our nation.”
Our Mining Locations
As a comprehensive industrial mineral company, we own and operate 17 facilities across North America and Europe: five mines and 12 facilities that refine, process, manufacture, and package our products. Our mining locations include:
Our natural diatomaceous earth is mined and processed at our facility in Basalt, Nevada USA. It is mined, dried, and sized without further processing, so it’s nearly as fresh-off-the-mine as you get can. At the Basalt mine, the three most prevalent diatoms are; Melosira, Stephanodiscus, Eunotia (Freshwater lakes have a limited number of diatoms growths whereas the marine deposits have thousands). Mining history dates back to the 1920’s, making Dicalite’s diatomite plant the fourth oldest continually operating mine in the state of Nevada.
This diatomaceous earth deposit is one of the premier commercial fresh-water diatomaceous earth deposits in the world. Dicalite’s Burney, California facility produces calcined and flux-calcined diatomaceous earth products, specifically filter aids and filters. Mining history dates back to the 1980’s where plant production began.
Dicaperl’s Socorro, New Mexico mine is considered to be one of the largest perlite deposits in the world. This plant produces only crushed and sized perlite ore. The various ore products that are sold at Socorro are the result of controlled crushing and sizing to specified grades. Nearly 20% of North America’s expanded perlite is sourced from Dicaperl’s perlite ore.
We mine and process vermiculite concentrate in our facilities located in Enoree, South Carolina. The vermiculite here is mined using open cast mining techniques where the ore is separated from other minerals and then screened or classified into several basic particle sizes. After mining, the vermiculite is brought to the processing facility. The milling process refines the vermiculite ore into vermiculite concentrate. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Specialty Vermiculite is one of only two companies mining vermiculite concentrate in the United States.
Work with Dicalite Management Group, a Mineral Company
Dicalite Management Group is an international industrial minerals company with a unique multi-mineral platform including perlite, vermiculite, and diatomaceous earth. With an unequaled number of geographically dispersed processing sites and large ore reserves, we are the most vertically integrated supplier in our industry. This enables us to provide better, faster service for our customers. Contact us today at 866-728-3303 to speak with a sales representative about your mineral needs.
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