American Rock Salt Company - Mined with Pride in the USA
Founded in January 1997, the American Rock Salt Company is the newest, most sophisticated, and the largest-producing salt mine in the United States. However, the history of our mine does not start with the founding of our company. Our story begins before the first dinosaur ever walked across the earth, around 350 million years ago! During that period, an ancient saltwater ocean had engulfed the entire region of what we know today as the New York Genesse Valley! Over time the water levels receded and dried up, but the salt from the sea remained, which formed layers upon layers of Halite, commonly known as rock salt. This rock salt is the salt that we mine here today!
Salt mining in the Western New York region began back in 1884, with the opening of the Retsof Salt Mine, located just 8 miles from our mine in Retsof, New York. For nearly 110 years, the Retsof Salt Mine provided thousands of job opportunities to the local region, proudly claimed four generations of miners, and produced over 134 million tons of salt throughout its history!
The American Rock Salt Company was founded on January 31st, 1997, when Joseph Bucci Sr., Gunther Buerman, Neil Cohen, and Charles VanArsdale entered into an asset purchasing agreement with Akzo-Nobel to acquire the assets and the developmental rights to a new salt mine. Construction of the American Rock Salt Mine at Hampton Corners began in November 1998 and was completed three years later on December 14th, 2001. We are the first successful salt mine built in the United States in over 50 years. Daily production of the mine can reach 20,000 tons, making American Rock Salt the largest producing salt mine in the U.S.A!
The company's founders enter into a 4 million dollar asset purchasing agreement with Akzo Nobel Salt Inc. to acquire the assets and developmental rights to the new salt mine.
One year after the founding of the company, American Rock Salt officially breaks ground in November of 1998 and begins the construction of the new salt mine.
After a year of construction, American Rock Salt Company sold the first truckload of rock salt from the Hampton Corners Mine. This sale was made possible through the dedicated efforts of the ARS Employees. Photographed above is the team who constructed and operated our first screening facility.
After three years of construction, the new mine at Hampton Corners is officially completed. We are the first successful salt mine to be built in the United States in over 40 years!
New York State gives the okay for American Rock Salt's rail line expansion plans. The Project will extend the current rail siding by 1,500 feet and will provide faster transportation of much-needed salt, especially in periods of high demand. The new expansion will add 55 new job positions.
In the spring of March 2015, American Rock Salt breaks the Hoist record by becoming the first company to hoist over 3 million tons in a season.
American Rock Salt is granted a permit by the state to move forward with a 1,700-acre, underground expansion at its Hampton Corners mine. Extending the life of the mine by ten years, ensuring a steady supply of rock salt for the Northeast.
American Rock Salt is honored by the NASLR for its efforts in community outreach and innovation. The award recognizes American Rock Salt for a variety of outreach programs involving schools, libraries, museums and other community organizations.
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