Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. is a proud, privately held Saskatchewan corporation supplying high-quality natural sodium sulphate to customers across North America.
Over the course of the company’s nearly 75 years, Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals has become known internationally as a reliable, long-term supplier of natural sodium sulphate to blue-chip customers. Operating in Southwest Saskatchewan, Canada, the company is the North American market leader in production of high-quality natural sodium sulphate. While sodium sulphate has been Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals focus over the past 75 years, the company’s future is in sulphate of potash. Sulphate of potash is a sustainable fertilizer which is low in chloride making it safe to use on irrigated acres, in greenhouses and on high value crops.
Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals is dedicated to reliable production and delivery and prioritizes consistently producing the highest quality products.
The main office and Chaplin plant are centrally located, adjacent to the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately 100 miles west of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals has embraced change and growth, which has resulted in a small Saskatchewan company becoming a world leader in the sodium sulphate industry.
In 2021, Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals celebrated our 74th year in the sodium sulphate business. We have grown from a small, salt cake plant in Chaplin to one of the world’s largest producers of detergent-grade sodium sulphate.
Our innovation, growth and desire to constantly look to the future is all thanks to the continued loyalty of our customers and employees.
While construction started on Saskatchewan Minerals’ plant at Chaplin, Saskatchewan in 1947, it was officially opened as a Crown corporation for the province of Saskatchewan in 1948 by Premier T. C. Douglas. The first carload of sodium sulphate (salt cake) was shipped that same year to Bathhurst Pulp & Paper in New Brunswick. As the demand for salt cake grew, so too did Saskatchewan Minerals.
In 1954, Saskatchewan Minerals acquired Bishopric, an existing sodium sulphate operation located near Mossbank, Saskatchewan.
In 1981, Saskatchewan Minerals purchased another operation, Sybouts, located near Gladmar, Saskatchewan. The plants at Bishopric and Sybouts were similar to that of Chaplin in that they only produced the salt cake grade material.
In 2009, Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals shipped its 10 millionth ton of sodium sulphate out from the Chaplin plant.
In 2013, the company’s name was updated to Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. to better reflect our long-term vision.
In 2015, the company was awarded Platinum Member, Best Managed Companies (recognizing 7th consecutive year of membership).
In 2018, Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals shipped its 11 millionth ton of sodium sulphate.
In 2021, Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals announced that it will begin construction on a sulphate of potash (SOP) fertilizer production upgrade at its sodium sulphate plant in Chaplin. The upgraded facility is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.
SMMI is pleased to announce its decision to continue supplying customers with sodium sulphate through to the end of 2023.
In 2023, the company earned the distinction of being awarded Platinum Club Member, Canada’s Best Managed Companies for an 8th consecutive year (15th consecutive year of membership).
Stay posted for great things to come!