Sierra Frac Sand, LLC was established in 2008 by Kim R. Smith. Kim grew up in Tatum, TX and began his career in the logging industry.
Coming from 30 years of experience in the logging industry, we at Sierra Frac Sand understand the value of loyalty and dependability. Our success is based on conducting loyal, honest and ethical business practices along with making smart business decisions while staying debt free. We understand that our customers depend on the best possible products and services. When they deal with Sierra, loyalty and dependability are exactly what they get.
Our production began in 2008 with skilled and diversified employees shifting directly from the logging industry into the oil and gas industry. The goal was to produce and supply frac sand to hydraulic fracturing operations to stimulate the production of oil and natural gas. With hard work and determination the goal was accomplished. A successful and respected company was established.
Sierra Frac Sand, LLC has developed a program with well over one million tons of annual production capacity. An estimated 30 million tons of premium northern sandstone deposits and approximately 50 million tons of “EF” deposits. In addition to our sand production, we also produce LGC (Liquid Gel Concentrate) otherwise known as “gel”. Production of guar gel can reach up to 500,000 gallons per month with 70,000 gallons of storage.
Trucks are loaded to customer specified weights using belt scales within 1% accuracy before proceeding to our standardized truck scales, recertified every six months. We have 5 loaders for loading during times of increased traffic. There are in-bound and out-bound scales to make departures to well sites more timely.
Sierra has two rail options for its Tatum, TX facility: BNSF and Union Pacific. The BNSF spur, located in Tatum, can currently operate 23 cars. The UP spur is in nearby Henderson, TX (referred to as the Henderson-Overton branch or HOB) and has well over a 100 car capacity.
Sierra’s Harwood, TX facility is located within the TXGN (Texas Gonzales Northern Railway) served by UP and contains well over a 100 car capacity. Products are shipped both in and out of the South TX facility.
Sierra also offers the option of shipping products in 2500-3000 lb. super sacs. This enables customers to ship large quantities overseas or small quantities for jobs that call for small amounts of sand.
Sierra also has customer storage & transload capabilities at both its Tatum and Harwood, TX facilities. If a customer has the need to store large volumes of sand closer to a well site, we can custom plan for those jobs not logistically friendly. At our Harwood facility, we can transload for customers needing a rail transload facility.
Sierra will be expanding with the construction of an additional facility near Benton, LA. This facility will produce mostly 40/70 and 100 mesh with some construction grade materials as well. It will be designed to produce up to 1 million tons of sand products per year and has reserves of approximately 50 million tons.