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Hi-Crush Proppants L.L.C. last week marked the opening of its third production facility near Whitehall, Wis. The frac sand mine and processing facility is located on a CN line. The capacity of the Whitehall facility has been expanded to 2.6 million tons per year. Hi-Crush officials said in a press release.The Whitehall facility is "a perfect complement" to the company's mine and processing facilities located on Union Pacific Railroad lines in Wyeville and Augusta, Wis., said Hi-Crush Chief Operating Officer Jay Alston."[It gives] us greater flexibility to better serve customers in all major North American shale plays," he said, adding that CN's network reach will enable Hi-Crush to efficiently reach the Marcellus, Utica and Bakken shales.CN is focused on creating the right supply-chain connection between Hi-Crush's Wisconsin facility and oil and gas shales in the United States and Canada, said JJ Ruest, CN's executive vice president and chief marketing officer."Our origin-to-destination service mindset is aimed at helping our customers become more competitive in their end markets," he said.