- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A new limestone quarry and fine grind plant in Albany County may be operational by the end of the year.

The Laramie Boomerang reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1pE3EMT ) that incentives have helped build a road to the site, located seven north of Laramie. The mine, being built by Pete Lien and Sons of Rapid City, South Dakota, will sit on 640 acres near the Laramie Range foothills.

The company’s environmental and safety manager is Danielle Wiebers. She says the mine should open by Dec. 31 and employ 26 people.

Albany County has used more than $4.5 million in state grants for the road. The Wyoming Business Council contributed $3 million, and the state transportation department allocated nearly $1.9 million.


Albany County owns the new road and leases it to the mine company. The development will help diversify the area’s economy, said County Commissioner Tim Chesnut.

“Albany County is almost all government-employed, so getting another private employer in here with that many good-paying jobs for that long is going to be a real boon to Albany County,” he said.

The South Dakota firm received its air quality permit from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality in 2010 and its land permit in March 2012.

Wiebers said that once crushed, the limestone is as fine as talcum powder.

“The fine grind is just crushing limestone into smaller products that we sell to customers who use them to make glass, mineral supplements for ag feed and various other treatment things, for water and air quality type issues,” she said. “So, it’s kind of a cleanser and a mineral supplement.”

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com