PAXTON — Prairie Material, a provider of building materials in Illinois, has re-opened its sand and gravel mine near Paxton after it had been closed for three years.
After slowing economic activity and imports from out-of-state sources greatly reduced Prairie Material’s customer base in the area, large-scale production at the site was halted in 2014.
The re-opening of the Paxton mine — located at 100 N. Ford County Road 2280 East — will add three full-time jobs to the area and provide a source of construction sand and gravel and high-calcium aglime for the local market.
Since the mine’s closure, Prairie Material’s management had been working on a strategy for restarting operations, culminating in the establishment of a logistics network to export sand to customers to the north and backhaul high-calcium, finely graded agricultural lime from Prairie’s Ashkum limestone quarry.
"As a result, the site can offer a local source for construction sand, gravel and agricultural lime, reducing transport costs and supporting local businesses and the local economy," a news release said.
Prairie Material operates three limestone quarries and six concrete plants in Central Illinois, in addition to the Paxton operation.
The Paxton site can be reached at 217-379-3606. It will operate from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can arrange delivery.
Prairie Material is part of the North American operations of international building materials supplier Votorantim Cimentos.