Rail Logix and SSS Announce the Inaugural Month of SSS’ Flagship
Transload in the Heart of the Eagle Ford
Elmendorf, TX – September 15, 2015 – Rail Logix (Alamo Jct.) and Superior Silica Sands LLC (“SSS”) announce the inaugural month of the new Mega Centre sand transloading facility in Elmendorf, TX. The Alamo Jct. Mega Centre will serve the strong demand for high quality, Northern White silica sand as proppant for the oil and gas industry in the South Texas’ Eagle Ford shale play.
The best-in-class site is located approximately 15 miles south of San Antonio just off of I-37. Arrow Material Services, a Sewickley (Pittsburgh) based materials handling company (“Arrow Materials”), has been selected as the operator of the facility, which provides Northern White and SSS’ Native Star silica sand from SSS’ operations in Wisconsin and Kosse, TX, respectively. A unique feature of the logistics advantages at Alamo Jct. is its access to both the Union Pacific (UP), BNSF and Canadian National railroads, while most other terminals in South Texas only have the ability to receive trains from the UP. The facility initially opens with track capacity for 135 railcars and two flat storage buildings with the ability to carry the four primary proppant types. The total dry storage capacity will be 36,000 tons, and it will have a five truck over scale load-out ability for efficiency in the last mile.
“Rail Logix is proud to join forces with SSS and Arrow Materials to establish a highly automated sand transload facility in support of the Eagle Ford shale play. This facility was designed for maximum efficiency, providing for reliable, on-demand release of its users railcars to interchange with Class I carriers on a 24/7 basis in a safe and economical manner. Rail Logix utilizes a web-based yard management system and AEI readers, which provide real-time inventory control of all railcars at the site. In addition, this state-of-the-art facility has the capability of interchanging multiple unit trains simultaneously with four loop tracks currently in place at Alamo Jct.,” said Randy Bennett COO of Rail Logix.
“The Eagle Ford has been a major market for SSS since we began producing Northern White frac sand in 2009, and our Native Star Proppants in 2008,” said Rick Shearer, President and CEO of both SSS and its parent company, Emerge Energy Services LP (“Emerge Energy”). “This facility will combine the unit train capabilities and on-site storage necessary for SSS to effectively supply the volume and quality of product needed for the wells of today and the future in the Eagle Ford.”
“This complex, pound for pound, probably offers more “value for money” than any other proppant distribution terminal in the country,” said Tim Chutz President/CEO of Arrow Materials.
About Rail Logix
Rail Logix is a privately-owned rail yard operator headquartered in Houston, TX, specializing in the storage, handling and switching of railcars for users in the petrochemical, energy, agricultural and logistics industries. Established in 1997, Rail Logix combines world-class railcar handling, switching, and staging services with augmented services such as railcar cleaning, maintenance, and transloading.
About Emerge Energy
Emerge Energy Services LP (NYSE: EMES) is a growth-oriented limited partnership engaged in the businesses of mining, producing, and distributing silica sand, a key input for the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells. Emerge Energy also processes transmix, distributes refined motor fuels and biodiesel, operates bulk motor fuel storage terminals, and provides complementary services.
About Arrow Materials
Headquartered in Sewickley, PA, Arrow Materials is a proud portfolio company of American Infrastructure MLP, a San Francisco based private equity fund. Arrow Materials designs, builds and operates rail, barge and processing terminals throughout the U.S. With 44 locations stretching coast to coast, the company employees 430 full time men and women serving the needs of their customers with industry leading customer service, safety and quality.
Emerge Energy Services LP
Superior Silica Sands