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.
We, the Fairmount Santrol family, are united in our commitment to exceed all expectations while fulfilling our economic, social and environmental responsibilities.
PRINCIPLES THAT UNITE US IN OUR VISION OF SUSTAINABILITY:
Honesty, Trust, and Integrity are the foundation of ALL we do. We do what is right.
We are committed to Safety. Everyday we work together to ensure our family members are safe and healthy at home, at work, and at play.
We will develop and appreciate leaders that demonstrate commitment to the 3P’s (People, Planet and Prosperity), build trust, and exceed expectations in themselves.
We are committed to exceeding our customer’s expectations by providing error-free service and products at every step of our relationship.
We will manage our resources wisely to sustain the prosperity of people and the planet.
We empower our Family members with education, information, training, and by respecting and supporting each other’s ideas and opinions. Our decisions are made with personal commitment, ownership, and accountability.
We give our personal best while striving to become better. We will treat others in the same way we want to be treated, with fairness, respect and kindness. We win with people.
CELEBRATE / FUN:
When success is celebrated, it is repeated. We will enjoy the journey and celebrate our achievements.
We continue to improve in all we do. We learn from our past, and are innovators of today and tomorrow. Improvement brings growth and growth brings strength.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
By encouraging healthy behaviors and rewarding lifestyle changes, we, the Fairmount Santrol family, believe in promoting wellness to our most valuable asset – our employees. Healthy employees make healthy companies.
TEAMWORK / SHARED OWNERSHIP:
We think and act like owners, collaborating with our family members to create mutual benefits for all. There is no “I” in sand.
We maintain a healthy balance among the responsibilities in our work, our home, our community, and our world.
Fairmount Santrol’s increasing R&D investment is ensuring continuous product improvement.
The Fairmount Santrol Technology Center in Sugar Land, Texas, and the Innovation Center in Ottawa, Illinois, are working together to create superior, environmentally responsible proppant technology.
The Sugar Land laboratory, relocated from the original center in Fresno, Texas, is expanding the comprehensive proppant portfolio for hydraulic fracturing. Ph.D.s, engineers, and research associates are working with an impressive collection of sophisticated laboratory equipment to enhance resin-coated proppant performance for increased reservoir conductivity, proppant flowback prevention, and maximized hydrocarbon production.
The center is also researching proppant surface science and other structural features at the atomic and molecular level to optimize the bonding between resin and the base material, in addition to formulating new chemistry and materials for next-generation proppant.
The Innovation Center in Ottawa, Illinois, opened late in 2009. This R&D center, which was moved from Wedron, Illinois, to this new location, houses what was formerly known as the corporate laboratory and the Engineering department. Work includes research and evaluation, general testing, analytical support, quality assurance, process pilot testing, and production scenarios.
The Ottawa researchers, who form partnerships with private and academic research facilities, are also part of the mission for continuous proppant improvement. In addition, researchers are formulating new applications for our Industrial and Recreation business segment, including foundry, building, glass, sports and recreation, water filtration, and specialty products. Our R&D commitment in Sugar Land and Ottawa is not based on day-to-day applied testing. This is pure research in the quest for better ideas, based on a forward-looking view that is anticipating customers’ long-range needs. Superior resin-coated proppant and industrial and recreation products increase customer efficiency.