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Fairmount Minerals

July 31, 2012 09:50 ET

Fairmount Minerals' Best Sand Mining Facility Earns Honorable Mention for Public Outreach From Interstate Mining Compact Commission

CHARDON, OH--(Marketwire - Jul 31, 2012) - Fairmount Minerals' Best Sand mining facility has earned an Honorable Mention for Public Outreach at the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) 2012 Minerals Education Awards for its "dedication to minerals and environmental education," according to the IMCC.

The Best Sand facility received the IMCC recognition for public outreach after being nominated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Best Sand's employees take part in regular public-outreach activities that represent Fairmount's sustainable development (SD) mission of people, planet and prosperity or "3 P's." The facility produces high-purity silica sand and gravel for Fairmount's Building, Glass and Sports + Recreation divisions.

The IMCC is a multi-state government agency that represents the natural resource and related environmental-protection interests of its 19 member states. IMCC officials awarded Best Sand the Honorable Mention for Public Outreach at the IMCC's annual Minerals Education Awards in Asheville, N.C.

"Best Sand's public outreach has helped the community better understand mineral production, environmental controls and uses in society," said Gregory E. Conrad, IMCC's Executive Director. "The facility's outreach represents the educational commitment we encourage in the mining industry."

Best Sand mining family members have made public outreach and education a priority in their day-to-day operations: 1,600 members of the community attended its Party in the Pit mine open house and zero-waste event; 65 fifth graders from Grant Elementary in Willoughby, Ohio toured the mine and learned about sand mining; the students toured the nearby Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, a wildlife area that was donated to the Geauga Park District by the family of Walter Best, founder of Best Sand; the facility also supports regular employee volunteerism in the community.

"Our Best Sand team looks forward to reaching out to the community and being an educational resource," said Cristine Lewis, Ohio Regional Sustainable Development Coordinator for Fairmount Minerals. "It's the 'people' part of our mission, and we're all proud to be recognized by an environmental steward in mining."

Details on the Best Sand facility's complete corporate sustainability mission, including public outreach, can be found at Fairmount's website:

About Fairmount Minerals

Fairmount Minerals is one of the largest producers of industrial sand in the United States. The Chardon, Ohio-based company operates a global network of 23 mining, mineral processing and manufacturing and coating facilities and six administrative and research and development offices. Fairmount Minerals' specialized sands advance a vast array of industries and markets such as construction, filtration, foundry, glass, sports turf and oil and gas. The company's more than 750 employees bring its sustainability motto -- "Do Good. Do Well." -- to life and embrace its sustainable development (SD) mission of people, planet and prosperity or 3 P's.

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