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Preferred Sands, LLC

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September 24, 2014   American Chemistry Council Dow and Preferred Sands Collaboration Wins 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced that Dow Chemical Company and Preferred Sands’ innovation, TERAFORCE™ Technology, won the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award. September 24, 2014   ICIS US Dow's TERAFORCE wins Polyurethane Innovation Award US-based Dow Chemical's TERAFORCE won on Wednesday the Polyurethane Innovation Award. A proppant company, Preferred Sands, used TERAFORCE to coat sand, the first use of its kind for a polyurethane. The result is Preferred Sands's RCS proppant. September 22, 2014   ICIS US Dow develops first PU used to make proppants for fracking US-based Dow Chemical and Preferred Sands developed a proppant using polyurethane, a first for the resin. September 15, 2014   Business Wire Preferred Sands Launches NavPort, a Comprehensive Database That Tracks and Links Completion and Prod Preferred Sands, one of North America’s leading proppant technology companies, today introduced NavPort, a comprehensive database that tracks wells from completion to production. August 26, 2014   Dow Chemical Company Preferred Technology and Dow Announce Increased Production of DustPRO™ Proppant Preferred Technology and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), today announced the increased production and capacity of DustPRO™, the only cost-effective preventative proppant solution that limits silica dust exposure and meets all current and proposed OSHA standards. August 05, 2014   Wall Street Journal Demand for Sand Takes Off Thanks to Fracking Sand prices are rising and companies are racing to build new mines in South Dakota and other locations as demand intensifies for the silica crystals that energy companies use to frac oil and gas wells. July 25, 2014   Business Wire KKR Agrees to Provide Comprehensive Capital Structure Solution to Preferred Sands KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Preferred Sands, one of North America’s largest producers of sand and resin coated proppants, today announced the signing of definitive agreements under which KKR, in conjunction with Jefferies LLC, has committed to provide a comprehensive financing solution to refinance the company’s entire capital structure. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close on July 31, 2014. July 17, 2014   Business Wire Preferred Technology’s Silica Dust-Prevention Proppant Test Wells Surpass OSHA Standards Preferred Technology recently completed a series of successful DustPRO™ proppant pilot wells in Colorado. DustPRO™ third-party industrial hygiene results came back below both the existing and proposed silica permissible exposure limits. July 15, 2014   Dow Chemical Company Breakthrough Oil Recovery Technology from Dow and Preferred Sands Wins 2014 R&D 100 Award R&D Magazine names Preferred RCS™ Resin Coated Sand with Dow TERAFORCE™ Technology one of the 100 most influential innovations in 2013 July 10, 2014   Business Wire Preferred Sands to Expand Northern White Sands Operations Leading proppant technology and manufacturing company announces plans to expand product portfolio to include an additional Northern White sand plant April 28, 2014   Business Wire Preferred Technology Introduces Industry’s First Silica Dust-Control Solution North America’s leading proppant technology company expands product line to include DustPRO™, a cost-effective, dust-prevention proppant solution. February 18, 2014   Omaha World Herald Turns out the Loup Power District's excess sand is perfect for fracking – and worth millions The relationship between Preferred Sands and Loup Power is “perfect.” Nance County Board member Clair Jones said Preferred offers good wages and excellent benefits, and employees drive as far as 50 miles to work there. February 07, 2014   The Bakken Magazine The Proppant Picture A self-suspending technology reveals the state of the proppant industry, proving that although products have been proven, operators are still in search of innovative alternatives that can enhance production. November 21, 2013   Market Watch Preferred Sands and Dow Report Significantly Increased Demand for Its Specialty Hydraulic Fracturing RSC Garnet is completely non-phenolic and has helped spur greater interest in sustainable alternatives in the oil and gas industry. In addition to being environmentally sensitive, the product is both cost effective and more efficient than phenolic-based frac sands. November 13, 2013   Business Wire Preferred Sands Named to Deloitte’s 2013 Technology Fast 500™ With sustainability and innovation at the core of Preferred Sands, the company is continuing to develop technologies that minimize environmental impact and enhance business operations. Preferred provides customers with outstanding performance-to-cost value. November 05, 2013   Business Review USA Preferred Sands: Data, Discovery and Distribution Preferred delivers value by answering industry demands through a series of business platforms. October 30, 2013   MarketWatch Preferred Sands Recognized for Its Industry-Leading Environmental Stewardship One of North America's largest proppant manufacturers earns 2013 Oil & Gas Award for its environmentally-sensitive resin-coated sand technology. October 28, 2013   Alberta Oil Grains of (frack) Sand Preferred Sands, under its savvy CEO Michael O’Neill, has taken an aggressive approach on the market, quickly becoming the third- largest supplier in North America. September 06, 2013   The Bakken Magazine Frack Supply Industry Evolving, Expanding The frack sand industry is rapidly evolving, and for several production or distribution companies, this summer has also meant expansion. September 05, 2013   Industrial Minerals Proppants Market Could be worth $10bn by 2017 Fracking continues to drive demand for frac sand, resin-coated, ceramic product August 26, 2013   Smart Business Philadelphia Work smarter, not harder: A look inside Michael O'Neill's philosophy for work-life balance. Work Smarter, Not Harder: Inside Michael O'Neill's philosophy for work-life balance at Preferred Sands. August 05, 2013   Philadelphia Business Journal Fracking parts company expands production Preferred Sands LLC has formed a partnership with a Mexican company that it says will enable it to expand its proppant production by 40,000 tons per month. July 30, 2013   Mining & Power Magazine Preferred Sands Q&A Preferred Sands is a major player in the acquisition and development of high quality reserves, exclusive silica sand and resin-coated sand products, with the added capability of delivering its products at the lowest cost in the industry. July 01, 2013   Inbound Logistics Guiding an Energy Renaissance: Questions and Answers With Michael O'Neill In January 2013, Preferred Sands debuted a full-service bulk proppant distribution system available to industry suppliers. June 27, 2013   Industrial Minerals Behind the Scenes at Preferred Sands Industrial Minerals goes behind the scenes at Preferred's new Technology Center in Houston, which will be used to focus on developing high-performance solutions for more efficient and cost-effective natural oil and gas drilling. June 05, 2013   Houston Business Journal Preferred Sands opens expanded tech center in Houston, welcomes energy entrepreneurs Preferred Sands LLC has opened a new, expanded research and development center in Houston. In addition to developing new products, the company also has plans for the center to be a type of incubator, attracting innovative entrepreneurs working on new products in the onshore drilling space. May 28, 2013   Drilling Contractor Environmentally friendly proppant technology to improve hydraulic fracturing efficiency Preferred RCS' innovative process allows for coated sand to be produced in a manufacturing process that requires less energy while minimizing environmental impact compared to current phenolic resins May 01, 2013   Chemical Engineering Improved coating for hydraulic fracturing proppants Preferred RCS' two new coating products for sand proppants used in hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry overcome the challenges of traditional phenolic coatings, which can leach environmentally hazardous chemicals. April 23, 2013   Infor Preferred Sands Increases Connectivity with Infor ION and Infor Ming.le Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, partnered with Infor Syteline user Preferred Sands to help increase connectivity at the company's six plant locations and 54 distribution terminals. April 23, 2013   Infor Infor Announces 2013 Excellence in Action Award Winners Preferred Sands was Named Infor's 2013 Excellence in Action Customer of the Year April 22, 2013   The Bakken Magazine True Grit with Preferred Sands Preferred Sands is best known for its supply pipeline and resin-coated sand products and services, O’Neill says. The company's full-service distribution system for bulk proppant is available to a range of industry suppliers. Its goal is to minimize shipping costs in order to address a fractured supply chain that leads to inefficiencies and additional fees. March 01, 2013   Oil, Gas & Petrochem Equipment New nonphenolic, resin-coating proppants for hydraulic fracturing Preferred RCS offers a cleaner and more environmentally friendly/sensitive range of fracturing proppants. March 01, 2013   E&P Magazine RCS coating performs without activators Preferred RCS' new bondable coating exhibits lower onset temperatures, performing under low temperatures and closure stresses without the negative effects of the use of activators. February 19, 2013   Business Wire Preferred Sands Launches New Proprietary Technology For Hydraulic Fracturing Proppants Preferred Sands today announced the launch of the first non-phenolic, resin-coating technology for proppants used in hydraulic fracturing. The proprietary technology, developed in conjunction with The Dow Chemical Company [NYSE: DOW], will expand the Preferred RCS product line by offering a high-performing non-phenolic product that is cleaner and more environmentally sensitive compared to traditional phenolic-based resins. November 30, 2012   Central Penn Business Journal Preferred is #17 among the Best Companies to Work for in PA This program evaluates and ranks the best places of employment in the State based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. November 21, 2012   Rock Products Preferred Sands CEO Named Award Winner Michael G. O'Neill, founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, was named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 “Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Category Award” winner. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the country's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. November 21, 2012   City Biz List Philadelphia Michael G. O’Neill, Founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, Named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Pioneer of Environmental Sustainability in the Hydraulic Fracturing Sand Industry: Michael G. O’Neill, Founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, Named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Category Award winner O’Neill honored for leadership and innovation in sustainable hydraulic fracturing methods. November 18, 2012   Ernst & Young Pioneer of Environmental Sustainability in the Hydraulic Fracturing Sand Industry: Michael G. O’Neil Michael G. O’Neill, Founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, Named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Category Award winner November 18, 2012   Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources With his sights set on creating one of the top three businesses in any industry he enters, Michael O’Neill has a simple strategy to achieve that goal: surround yourself with the best people. November 09, 2012   Energy and Mining International Preferred Sands If there is anything that can help drive a business’s success, it is a company’s initiative to fulfill an unsatisfied need. That is what CEO Michael O’Neill says he has done with Preferred Sands. “We responded when others didn’t meet the demand,” he states. October 04, 2012   SmartCEO Mike O'Neill, Preferred Sands CEO Named SmartCEO CEO of the Year Hard-charging visionary, Harley-riding, father of five, philanthropist, humanitarian. These are a few words that sum up Mike O'Neill September 17, 2012   Team Pennsylvania Foundation 2012 List of Best Places to Work in PA announced Preferred Sands was listed as a Best Place to Work in PA 2012! September 10, 2012   Fullerton Public Schools Students visit Preferred Sands Plant Twenty eight students from FPS Industrial Arts classes took a field trip to the Preferred Sands plant hosted by Jeff Horn. August 14, 2012   Upstream Pumping Solutions Resin-Coated Sands Preferred RCS’ environmentally safe sands are the future of hydraulic fracturing. August 06, 2012   Wall Street Journal Market Watch Preferred Sands Announces Development of Preferred RCS Garnet Preferred Sands proudly introduces RCS Garnet, the only non-phenolic coated proppant in the oil and gas industry that can consistently create particle-to-particle bonding in conditions as low as 90 degrees F without the use of an activator July 20, 2012   Wall Street Journal Market Watch Preferred Sands Announces Development of First Clean Resin-Coated Proppant Line in Full Production Preferred Sands, a leading producer of frac sand and coated proppants in North America, is pleased to announce the development of the first clean resin-coated proppant line in full production, Preferred RCS. May 07, 2012   ABC NTV Sand Demand It's arguably the most annoying commodity on the market, but the pebble in energy manufacturer's shoes is building Nebraska's rural economy one grain at a time. April 27, 2012   Arizona Journal Schools, Preferred Sands Work to Build Workforce A rapidly expanding sand mining operation near Sanders has enough sand, according to mine representatives, to keep operating for the next 300 years. April 25, 2012   Columbus Telegram Years of Dredged up sand from Loup Power Canal used in fracking One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the old saying goes. This is certainly true at Preferred Sands of Genoa. April 03, 2012   The Chippewa Herald Mining firms: We’re keeping things safe The developer of what would be Chippewa County’s largest sand mine and the backers of another mine said they are taking steps to address the air and water concerns of Town of Auburn residents. March 26, 2012   Oil, Gas & Petrochem Equipment Environmentally sustainable sand product serves fracking Preferred RCS Emerald resin-coated sands are announced to service frac sand operations - and at a variety of well conditions and depths. March 13, 2012   The Chippewa Herald Sand company takes another step Preferred Sands works with Cooks Valley on addressing its concerns. March 12, 2012   Leader-Telegram Mining firm promises jobs at Chippewa County site A sand mine in the Chippewa County town of Auburn would create 30 to 35 jobs, and between 750,000 and 1 million tons of sand would be hauled from the site annually over 25 years. March 01, 2012   Portable Plants & Equipment Source to Site Frac sand is playing a major role in today’s push for U.S. energy independence, but where does it come from? March 01, 2012   WEAU Preferred Sands holds sand mining open house An open house was held in Chippewa Falls to help educate people about sand mining. February 21, 2012   Journal of Petroleum Technology Preferred Sands Debuts Environmentally Sustainable Resin Coated Frac Sand One of the largest silica sand and proppant producers in the US and Canada, Preferred Sands, has announced what it calls the first environmentally sustainable resin-coated sand product to the frac sand market. February 18, 2012   The Chippewa Herald Sand by the numbers In the daily sand debates that are happening in Wisconsin’s communities, essential economic facts are too often overlooked. Thousands of local people have a job directly because of the sand industry. February 17, 2012   New Technology Magazine Preferred Sands Develops Clean Resin-Coated Product To Service Frac Sand Market Preferred Sands, one of the largest silica sand and proppant producers in the U.S. and Canada, has announced the debut of the first environmentally sustainable resin-coated sand product to service the frac sand industry. February 16, 2012   E&P Magazine Preferred Sands Develops Clean Resin-Coated Sands The first environmentally sustainable resin-coated sand product to service the frac sand industry has been introduced, according to Preferred Sands. February 08, 2012   The Wall Street Journal Oil and Gas Boom Lifts U.S. Economy There is no oil and gas production in Idaho, but that doesn't mean the U.S. energy boom has bypassed this bedroom community west of Boise. February 01, 2012   Industrial Minerals Frac sand in the pipeline Note: access to this articel requires (free) trial subscription to Industrial Minerals. Click here to view Industrial Minerals article preview page. January 26, 2012   Rail Resource Frac Sand Supplier Launches Unit Train To Serve Marcellus Shale Development Frac sand and proppant company Preferred Sands has launched a unit train service between its Genoa, Neb., silica sand mine and a 14,000-ton storage facility in McKees Rocks, Pa. January 19, 2012   Philadelphia Inquirer Preferred Sands announces debt offering to finance acquisition Preferred Sands L.L.C., the Radnor company that supplies proppant for hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells, disclosed Thursday that it had arranged a $376 million debt offering to finance a recent acquisition. January 12, 2012   Progressive Railroading Preferred Sands provides unit train service to Pennsylvania Another sign of the shales-are-driving-business times: U.S. and Canadian silica sand and proppant producer Preferred Sands recently developed a 90-plus car unit train service that runs between the company’s Genoa, Neb., silica sand mine and a 14,000-ton storage facility in McKees Rocks, Pa. January 09, 2012   Rock Products Preferred Sands Acquires Winn Bay Sand Preferred Sands LLC, Radnor, Pa., will spend more than $200 million to buy “substantially all the assets” of Winn Bay Sand LP, including operations in Blair, Wis., and Hanson Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. April 28, 2010   US Department of Agriculture USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary and Bank Officials Tour Preferred Sands Facility USDA Rural Development's Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program recently awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding that will help Preferred Sands preserve 50 jobs. An additional 50 new jobs for local residents are expected to be created in the next two years.
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