As the worldwide economy becomes increasingly globalized, there are some resources that are still commonly “homegrown” in the US. Some of these resources are industrial minerals, the raw, unprocessed geologic material that goes on to become paper, electronics, cosmetics, and much more. You probably know that the Midwest grows corn, Florida grows oranges and California grows avocados. If you’ve ever wondered what parts of the country produce industrial minerals, we’ve listed where some of these raw materials come from (and where they’re going).
Talc is produced in a variety of locations in the United States, with notable deposits in Montana, Texas, Georgia, California, and North Carolina. From there, talc is transported to facilities where it’s made into linoleum, paints, oilcloth, and pottery, among other uses.
Pumice has an extremely long history: a fine-grained variant called pozzolan has been mixed with lime to create an exceptionally lightweight concrete similar to plaster since the time of the Roman empire. Today, one of the main pumice-producing locations in the world is Idaho. Pumice from Idaho is renowned for its color and purity. It is shipped across the country and the world for use in water filtration systems, cosmetics, and architectural materials.
Diatomite is found in large deposits in several locations in the western US, including Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. Other important producers of diatomite include Russia, France, Denmark and China. Diatomite has an incredible variety of uses, from a mechanical insecticide to cat litter to a component of dynamite.
At CCC Transportation, we provide expert, professional industrial minerals transportation to get these minerals where they’re going. Our safe, efficient transportation services connect the facilities that produce these materials and the ones that use them to create the products we depend on in our daily lives.