U.S. Silica Holdings is a domestic producer of commercial silica. Co.'s has two business segments: oil and gas proppants: and industrial and specialty products. In Co.'s oil and gas proppants segment, Co.'s frac sand is used to stimulate and maintain the flow of hydrocarbons in horizontally drilled oil and natural gas wells. Co.'s commercial silica is also used as a raw material in a range of industrial applications. As of Dec. 31, 2011, Co. operated 13 production facilities across the U.S. and controlled 316.0 million tons of reserves, including approximately 148.0 million tons of reserves that can be processed to meet the American Petroleum Institute frac sand size specifications.
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