Fairmount Santrol (NYSE: FMSA) is a leading provider of high-performance sand and sand-based products used by oil and gas exploration and production companies to enhance the productivity of their wells. The company also provides high-quality products, strong technical leadership and applications knowledge to end users in the foundry, building products, water filtration, glass, and sports and recreation markets. Fairmount Santrol is a world-leading expert in the science and art of transforming sand into value-added products whose performance far exceeds ordinary expectations. We are customer-focused and values-driven with strategically located facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia, supported by a global distribution and customer support network. Our global logistics capabilities include a wide-ranging network of distribution terminals and thousands of rail cars that allow the company to effectively serve customers wherever they operate.
Fundamental to our mission, vision, and culture, Fairmount Santrol embraces the principles of sustainable development. We continue to make investments in our people, our business partners, our communities, and our environmental stewardship programs that not only secure our ability to operate today, but also create a bright future for our business and the communities where we live and work.
The development of Fairmount Santrol into an innovative industry leader capable of supplying many of the world’s biggest industries started with small beginnings. In 1978, Bill Conway, founder of Fairmount Minerals, was searching for a company to purchase when he came across Walter C. Best, Inc., a small silica sand producer located in Chardon, Ohio.
Conway’s extensive background in mining made purchasing the northeast Ohio sand mining operation, which was renamed Best Sand, a logical fit and would set the foundation for what would become Fairmount Minerals.