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9900 West 109th Street

Suite 100

Overland Park, KS 66210

United States

Phone: 913-344-9200

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Compass Minerals International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and markets inorganic mineral products. As of December 31, 2013, the company operated 12 production and packaging facilities, including the major rock salt mine in the world in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, and the major rock salt mine in the United Kingdom (U.K.) in Winsford, Cheshire. The company provides highway deicing salt to customers in North America and the U.K. and specialty fertilizer to growers and fertilizer distributors worldwide. It also produces and markets consumer deicing and water conditioning products, ingredients used in consumer and commercial food preparation, and other mineral-based products for consumer, agricultural and industrial applications. In the U.K., the company operates a records management business utilizing excavated areas of its Winsford salt mine with two other locations in London, England. Segments The company has two segments, Salt and Specialty Fertilizer. Salt This segment mines, produces, processes, distributes, and markets sodium chloride and magnesium chloride in North America and sodium chloride in the U.K. This segment’s segment products include rock salt, mechanically evaporated and solar evaporated salt, and brine and flake magnesium chloride. The company also purchases potassium chloride and calcium chloride to sell as finished products or to blend with sodium chloride to produce specialty products. Processing Methods The company’s production capacity, including salt and other minerals purchased under contracts, is approximately 17.0 million tons of salt per year. Mining, other production activities and packaging are conducted at 12 of the company’s facilities. Underground Rock Salt Mining: The company primarily uses a drill and blast mining technique at its North American underground rock salt mines. In addition, the company began using continuous mining equipment at its Goderich, Ontario facility in 2013. At its Winsford, U.K., facility, the company primarily uses continuous mining equipment. Mining machinery moves salt from the salt face to conveyor belts, which transport the salt to the mill center where it is crushed and screened. The primary power sources for each of the company’s rock salt mines are electricity and diesel fuel. Rock salt is sold in the company’s highway deicing product line and for various applications in its consumer and industrial product lines. Mechanical Evaporation: Mechanical evaporation involves obtaining salt brine from underground salt deposits through brine wells and subjecting that salt-saturated brine to vacuum pressure and heat to precipitate and crystallize salt. Solar Evaporation: The company produces solar salt at the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and sells it through both its consumer and industrial and its highway deicing product lines. The company also produces magnesium chloride through the solar evaporation process. Operations and Facilities United States: The company’s Cote Blanche, Louisiana rock salt mine serves highway deicing customers through a series of depots located along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers (and their major tributaries) and chemical and agricultural customers in the Southern and Midwestern United States. Its solar evaporation facility located in Ogden, Utah, is the largest solar salt production site in North America. This facility principally serves the Midwestern and Western United States consumer and industrial markets, provides salt for highway deicing and chemical applications, and produces magnesium chloride, which is used in deicing, dust control and unpaved road surface stabilization applications. The production capacity for solar-evaporated salt at its Ogden facility is only limited by demand. The company’s Central and Midwestern United States consumer and industrial customer base is primarily served by its mechanical evaporation plant in Lyons, Kansas. Additionally, the company serves areas with evaporated salt purchased from other suppliers’ facilities. It also operates three salt packaging facilities in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, which principally serve consumer deicing and water conditioni

 

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