Bentonite Production & Employment

Production

Wyoming is the nation’s leader in bentonite production with more than 4 million tons of bentonite produced each year.

Employment

The industry employs 688 workers, including mill operators, mechanics, surveyors, packaging operators and laboratory technicians. For every job provided by the industry, an estimated three additional jobs are created in the community.

The industry contributes more than $11.3 million in taxes and royalties with an annual payroll with benefits coming to approximately $48.3 million.

2015 Wyoming Bentonite Production

Operator Mine Emp. Production (tons)
American Colloid Lovell Mill 64 499,587
American Colloid Yellowtail Mine 17 639,435
American Colloid Colony East Mill 41 679,857
American Colloid Colony West Mill 33 472,974
BPM, LLC BPM Lovell Mine 10 659,060
BPM, LLC BPM Lovell Mill 67 541,325
BPM, LLC BPM Colony Mill 82 403,004
BPM, LLC BPM Colony Mine 20 505,206
Black Hills Bentonite Mills Plant 25 101,697
Black Hills Bentonite Harry Thorson Plant 15 157,495
Black Hills Bentonite Casper Mill 18 169,760
Black Hills Bentonite Worland Plant 10 132,298
Black Hills Bentonite Kaycee Mine 11 511,898
Black Hills Bentonite Oshoto Mine 3 93,370
Black Hills Bentonite Ten Sleep Mine 6 162,914
Black Hills Bentonite Thornton Plant 8 81,842
MI SWACO Greybull Plant 68 419,433
MI SWACO Greybull Mine 59 497,990
Tolsa Wyoming Bentonite Bucknam Plant/ DCDM Mine 20 23,863
Wyo-Ben, Inc. Lucerne Mill 23 134,955
Wyo-Ben, Inc. Stucco Mill 32  119,105
Wyo-Ben, Inc. Big Horn Basin Mines 14 395,673
Wyo-Ben, Inc. Sage Creek Mill 23 82,416
  ______________________________________ Totals 688 Plant 3,999,193
  _____________________________     ___________________________ _______  Mine 3,669,

Source: State Inspector of Mines of Wyoming