Two sand companies notify state of layoffs Monday

Freeman Staff

Oct. 12, 2015

MADISON — Two companies that deal primarily with sand and related products in Wisconsin notified the Department of Workforce Development of layoffs Monday.

The U.S. Silica Company gave notice Monday that there will be 16 additional extended layoffs at the company’s Sparta facility, 2500 Iband Avenue. Also, Hi-Crush Services LLC informed the state Monday that there will be 27 extended layoffs at its facility located at S11011 Highway M in Augusta.

According to the letter from U.S. Silica, the company is experiencing changes in its product markets, which are resulting in less demand for its products. The layoffs are anticipated to be temporary, according to the company, but could last for six months or longer.

Hi-Crush informed the DWD it is closing its Augusta plant due to the “drastic decrease in the price of oil and the derivative impact of these pricing pressures on the sand industry specifically.” The employees will be terminated Nov. 9.