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Buckeye Transfer, located in Columbiana, is a top finalist for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. The facility serves as warehouse for frack sand until it can be delivered to a site.
In January, the company received its first delivery of the highly specialized sand with five cars containing 100 tons of sand a piece. Now it’s up to 22,000 ton. In the process, the company has added 20 new jobs, and more are on the way. New rail tracks are also in the works.
“Those rail cars that we saw have about 100 tons of sand a piece in them, and one of those tankers, the pneumatic tankers, they usually carry between 20 to 23 tons,” said Buckeye Transfer Realty CCO Lisa Wallace.
CEO of Buckeye Transfer Realty Jerry Stoneburner said since that first shipment of five cars of frack sand in January, things are moving full speed ahead with close to 1,000 truck loads of sand.
“We’re having fun, we’re having a ball. It’s quite exciting,” said Stoneburner.
There are also new roads and more than 50,000 feet of rail track has been added, and along with the 20 jobs that have been created, that put Buckeye Transfer in the running for the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. The Columbiana Chamber made the nomination.
Future projects include a brine water recycle reuse plant that could handle 500,000 tons of water a day. Groundbreaking for that plant could happen as soon as August.
The winner of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship award will be announced Wednesday evening in Columbus.