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Inside the mine: Where reddish, road salt comes from

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Andrew Adams, Deseret News

REDMOND, Sevier County — One of Utah road crews’ best tools to combat winter’s worst has deep roots in the Beehive State.

Redmond Inc. has been producing and distributing specialized road salt for decades out of its mine in Sevier County.

Marketed as “Ice Slicer,” the reddish, coarse salt has proven to be a difference-maker against snow and ice in colder environments.

“White salt typically will stop melting effectively between about 18, 20 degrees,” industrial products leader Doug Anderson said. “Ours works effectively down to zero or below zero degrees.”

Anderson said the product is regularly distributed in 28 states, and the company generally supplies the Utah Department of Transportation with more than 100,000 tons of the salt each year.

“They’re just getting a much more efficient product,” he said. “They’re able to apply less, (and) they’re able to get more lane miles from their trucks.”

Redmond ships between 500,000 and 600,000 tons of deicing salt per year, Anderson said, pointing to a massive mountain of “inventory” containing roughly 250,000 tons of product. (…)

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