Re-think Industrial Minerals Extraction!
The utilization of our industrial mineral resources is a smart way to capitalize on the natural geology of the earth. Industrial minerals extraction processes are clean and efficient, and they avoid the negative aspects of many types of mining such as heavy chemical use and mountain-top removal. The extraction of industrial minerals is clean, responsible and smart.
It is fair to say that the primary focus of IMA-NA is safety. IMA-NA maintains an alliance with the Mine Safety and Health Administration where our members and government work on joint projects to protect the well-being of mine personnel. Numerous safety products and publications have resulted from this initiative. But none are more important than the real results. Member company Unimin's Tuscaloosa plant is an outstanding example. The last time a lost-time accident occurred at the facility a first-class postage stamp cost 22 cents, and Microsoft was about to release the first version of Windows. In fact, as of October 10, 2005, it was more than 20 years ago when someone missed work because of an accident.
Our members take energy consumption seriously. We are dedicated to reducing our foot print whenever possible. Member company U.S. Silica operates the largest solar energy facility of its kind in the state of New Jersey.
The industrial minerals industry provides thousands of jobs and tax revenue throughout North America. The image of a miner working in harsh conditions for little gain is in sharp contrast to the modern minerals extraction industry. Consider that member company, Badger Mining Corporation, was named as the Best Small Company to Work for in America, by the Society of Human Resources Management, in 2006.
The industrial minerals industry does not take for granted its privilege to extract resources from lands in North America. We are committed to being good stewards of our world. Member company Fairmount Minerals exemplifies this attitude. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center, in 2006, awarded Fairmount Minerals with its Corporate Citizenship Award in the category of Corporate Stewardship, Small/Midsize Business. Over a five year period, Fairmount Minerals increased its revenue by $100 million, while working under a "Sustainable Development Business Model" that incorporated philanthropy, environmental sustainability, workplace safety, and stakeholder engagement.