By: M. R. Smith
Industrial commodities include all of the naturally occurring rocks and minerals that are not processed into metals or are not used as fuels or sources of energy. These commodities are widely distributed across the state and have a wide variety of uses. In terms of dollar value, these mundane materials often outstrip precious metals.
The construction industry uses huge quantities of sand and gravel, limestone and dolomite, dimension stone, crushed stone, gypsum, light-weight aggregate, clay, and asphalt rock (tar sand) for the construction of buildings, highways, and dams. These commodities are either used directly as sand, gravel, and stone, or are converted into cement, plaster, wall board, cinder blocks, brick and tiles and other materials. Utah has large resources of these commodities, mostly located very near their potential market areas.
The chemical industry uses silica (quartz), common salt, gilsonite, sulfur (most of which is produced as a by-product of smelting and refining), fluorite, barite, and other minerals, while the fertilizer industry uses potassium salts (potash), phosphate rock, gypsum, sulfur, humate, and diatomite as fertilizers and soil conditioners.
Each of the important or potentially important industrial commodities found in Utah is described in this brochure.
Media Type: Paper Brochure