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Preferred Sands late last week announced plans to open an additional Northern White frac sand plant, which will expand its annual production capabilities by more than 4 billion pounds. The company didn't identify the location for the new plant.Preferred Sands currently produces more than 3 billion pounds of Northern White frac sand annually. Anticipated to open in 2015, the new plant will increase annual production capacity to more than 7 billion pounds.The company expects to begin fulfilling frac sand deliveries in second- or third-quarter 2015."Our expansion within the Northern White market is a direct response to an increased customer demand for [our] frac sand products," said Preferred Sands President and Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Neill in a press release. "[The new plant] will not only increase our Northern White production, but extend our current geographic reach to service every major basin in North America."Preferred Sands operates rail-served frac sand plants in Arizona, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba, Canada.
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