Illinois-based Prairie Material has re-opened its mine near Paxton, says a report by Ford County Record. The site, which closed three years ago, is expected to provide a source of construction sand and gravel and high-calcium aglime for the local market.
The report says: “After slowing economic activity and imports from out-of-state sources greatly reduced Prairie Material’s customer base in the area, large-scale production at the site was halted in 2014.”
Prairie Material launched a logistics network as part of a strategy to restart operations. It has been exporting sand to customers in the north and backhaul high-calcium agricultural lime from Prairie’s Ashkum limestone quarry.
The company says: “As a result, the site can offer a local source for construction sand, gravel and agricultural lime, reducing transport costs and supporting local businesses and the local economy.”
Prairie Material manages three limestone quarries and six concrete plants in Central Illinois, in addition to the Paxton operation.