Whitehall, Wisc. (NEWS RELEASE) -- On Thursday, Governor Scott Walker attended Hi-Crush Friends and Employee Appreciation Day at the new Hi-Crush facility located in Trempealeau County.
Hi-Crush Partners is a leading producer and supplier of monocrystalline sand, which is used as a proppant, called frac sand, and is necessary in the hydraulic fracturing process for extracting oil and natural gas. The company’s third location in Wisconsin is currently under construction and is expected to be operational this summer.
“Hi-Crush is a major player in the frac sand industry, utilizing Wisconsin’s natural sand reserves, and delivering a quality product to major U.S. energy service companies, while maintaining a positive relationship with the Wisconsin communities surrounding their facilities,” Governor Walker said. “We can balance our strong commitment to maintaining clean water, clean land, and clean air with an operation investing in Wisconsin, building on our economy, and creating good, family-supporting jobs.”
Commenting on the event, Hi-Crush Co-CEO Bob Rasmus stated, “Like Governor Walker, we think Wisconsin is a great place to do business. Hi-Crush has been very impressed with the work ethic and talent of Wisconsin workers. We have enjoyed creating our third project in Wisconsin, which together has resulted in a $320 million investment by Hi-Crush into the Western Wisconsin economy. Our analysis indicates that our three facilities will provide a $60 million annual impact to the local economy. We very much appreciate the business climate fostered by Governor Walker and we continue to look for other ways to do business in Wisconsin under his leadership”.
During the current construction phase of the $120 million project, there are up to 200 people at any given time working on the site.
Once the facility is operational, it will have 80 full-time, Hi-Crush employees with full benefits.
Also, Hi-Crush outsources excavation work to Gerke Excavation, a union shop in conjunction with Local 125, the Heavy Equipment Operators Union, and Gerke will have an additional 20 people on staff full-time, once the site is operational.
Hi-Crush controls 1,500 acres at the Independence site, allowing the company to create buffers and maintain positive relationships with neighbors.
The company has two other operations in Wisconsin – in Wyeville and Augusta.
All of the Hi-Crush sites are inclusive, which means the rail spur, dry plant, wet plant, and excavation are all done on site, alleviating the need for trucking, which can impact local neighborhoods.