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 more than 700 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.

2013 Wyoming Bentonite Production

Operator Mine Emp. Production (tons)
American Colloid Lovell Mill 71 557,027
American Colloid Yellowtail Mine 21 569,266
American Colloid Colony East Mill 40 193,671
American Colloid Colony West Mill 33 233,902
BPM, LLC BPM Lovell Mine 10 768,464
BPM, LLC BPM Lovell Mill 73 661,076
BPM, LLC BPM Colony Mill 89 409,123
BPM, LLC BPM Colony Mine 22 543,847
Black Hills Bentonite Mills Plant 18 89,343
Black Hills Bentonite Harry Thorson Plant 10 153,542
Black Hills Bentonite Casper Plant 17 192,142
Black Hills Bentonite Worland Plant 11 201,926
Black Hills Bentonite Kaycee Mine 14 461,888
Black Hills Bentonite Oshoto Mine 4 75,419
Black Hills Bentonite Ten Sleep Mine 9 22,147
Black Hills Bentonite Thornton Plant 6 63,598
MI SWACO Greybull Plant 67 520,047
MI SWACO Greybull Mine 62 649,344
US Bentonite Bucknam Plant 54 91,553
Wyo-Ben, Inc. Lucerne Mill 22 106,477
Wyo-Ben, Inc. Stucco Mill 38  176,679
Wyo-Ben, Inc. Big Horn Basin Mines 15 446,950
Wyo-Ben, Inc. Sage Creek Mill 28 126,672
Totals 734 Plant 3,253,731
    Mine 4,057,372

Source: State Inspector of Mines of Wyoming