GLYNN CARTER MEMORIAL TROPHY
This year's annual Glynn Carter Memorial Trophy Football Match was held at the Barton Stadium, Winsford. As usual, a team made up of Compass Minerals employees took on a team consisting of Deepstore employees. The match finished 0-0, with Deepstore winning 4-2 on penalties.
The event raised over £500 for the chosen charities: Circus Star and St Luke's Hospice as well as providing an enjoyable day for all those involved.
THAWROX+ PRODUCTION IMPROVEMENTS
During June (and ongoing into July) Compass Minerals has been undergoing some maintenance and improvement work into the storage barn for our Thawrox+ product. This specialist product of ours involves mixing our regular Thawrox rock salt with an Agricultural By-Product which gives it several functional benefits. These include: reducing corrosion, reducing spread rates, reducing frequency of spreading due to increased longevity etc. For more information about Thawrox+ or any of our products, visit the Salt Products And Services tab or contact us directly.
COLD COMFORT COVENTRY 2017
Following last months Scotland edition, our Commercial Team this time visited Coventry for the annual Cold Comfort event. Gordon Dunn, Chris Heywood, Keith Pollitt and Pete Biddle were present behind our stand, mingling with other professionals in the field and in the informative presentations and discussions held.
The event was a great success which we all greatly enjoyed and benefitted from.
COLD COMFORT SCOTLAND 2017
Compass Minerals UK attended the 4th annual Cold Comfort Scotland in Airth Castle on Thursday 27th April. Three representatives: Chris Heywood, Keith Pollitt (pictured) and Pete Biddle were present at the event in order to network with other professionals in the Winter Service industry and to interact with both current and potential customers.
The event was a great success which served to cement us as a lead supplier to the industry whilst allowing us direct contact with many other businesses and individuals in the field.
During the extremely mild March we dedicated several weeks of our mine production to replenishing surface stocks of 10mm salt. Although 6mm is more commonly used, we have several customers who have a preference for the coarser grade of rock salt. To augment our exceptional customer service, we continue to offer the choice between fine 6mm or coarse 10mm to all new and existing customers.
CMPUK HELPS OUT LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
In February, Compass Minerals joined forces with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust in a project aimed at environmental sustainability and protecting the local wildlife. Over the course of a week, the combined forces planted 1,400 trees along Bradford road, the home of our Winsford salt mine.
Compass Minerals staff volunteered their time alongside the Cheshire Wildlife Trust volunteers who are recovering from physical or mental illnesses by getting outdoors and closer to nature. All trees were UK sourced, including: oak, goat willow, alder and birch.
As part of Compass Minerals' regular involvement in charity fundraising events, January saw our annual participation in a collection for the Mid Cheshire Foodbank, supported by the Trussell Trust. This year employees showed a huge level of generosity to donate 162kg of food for those families in crisis in Cheshire.
AGMA AND NPS MEETINGS
During December, in the run up to Christmas, representatives from Compass Minerals UK attended meetings with AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) and NPS (National Procurement Service - Wales) to discuss a range of topics, including each authorities resilience in preparation for Winter. By attending these events, we hope to continue our mutually beneficial relationship with these groups.
ROAD EXPO SCOTLAND 2016
As we entered November, with the appearance of the first snow and frost of the season, the commercial time this time travelled up to Edinburgh for the annual road expo. This large event presented a chance to further spread our influence far north to new customers in Scotland as well as reinforcing long-standing relationships with existing customers.
IHE WINTER SERVICE SEMINARS
In the early part of October, we were one of a handful of relevant companies who organised a series of roadshows across the country aimed at promoting discussion within a range of areas, including the implementation of large nationwide strategic salt stockpiles, suitable stockpile quantities, methods of spreading and many more.
Visiting Ripon, Bristol and Milton Keynes, we covered a large geographical span of the country which allowed us to converse with county councils and highways maintenance professionals from many different areas; therefore addressing a wide range of different topics and issues.
The roadshows were a great success and firmly anchored our position as the go-to salt supplier for highways agencies and local authorities, whilst allowing us to stay at the forefront of innovation for future progressions in the industry.
PRE-WINTER WEATHER PREP
During September, compass minerals UK sent several members of the commercial team to an APSE meeting at Bradford Bulls stadium in order to discuss extreme weather and share knowledge with other companies in the winter service industry as well as the local authorities who implement these services.
Other similar events which we have recently attended include a Vaisala user group meeting in Birmingham and a Highways England Area 10 severe weather desk at Haydock Park Racecourse. By frequently attending these events, we ensure a deep and up-to-date knowledge of the industry which we provide salt for. We strive for excellence and believe that by understanding the processes our customers follow, we can understand their needs and provide the highest quality customer service possible.
COLD COMFORT 2016
Compass Minerals will be attending Cold Comfort 2016 from 18-19 May. Come and visit us at Stand A2 at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Cold Comfort is the only specialist conference dedicated to the winter service sector - we look forward to seeing you there.
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VINTAGE FILM REEL SHOWS FILM FOOTAGE FROM WINSFORD MINE
We have discovered a short newsreel about Winsford Salt Mine in the British Pathé archive. Click here to learn about salt production at Meadow Bank Salt Mine, as it was then known, in 1948.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ENGINEERING APPRENTICES
Congratulations to our Engineering Apprentices Tom Maddock and Josh Gerrard, who joined the CMP UK Engineering Apprenticeship Programme in October 2013, pictured below with their IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) Awards.
Tom and Josh attended the annual IOM3 Awards ceremony in London in November, where following successful interviews regarding their technical, mechanical and electrical knowledge and experience, they were awarded Highly Commended.
Tom Maddock and Josh Gerrard
LOCAL FOOD BANK RECEIVES CHRISTMAS BOOST FROM COMPASS MINERALS UK
A local food bank has received a generous donation from Compass Minerals UK to help local families feed themselves and their families in the run up to Christmas.
The Mid Cheshire Food Bank, seeded by The Trussell Trust, provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in Cheshire.
Colleagues from Compass Minerals UK came together to collect ten DeepStore boxes of food, the equivalent to 135kg of food.
The Compass Minerals UK Charity Committee aims to have a positive impact on local communities, by providing support to a range of local good causes.
Gordon Dunn Managing Director at Compass Minerals UK, said: “We are keen to do anything we can to support the local community. This is the first year that we have collected for and donated to the Mid Cheshire Food Bank.’’
Some of the boxes of food donated by Compass Minerals UK
CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF WASTE STORAGE AT WINSFORD MINE
In August, Mine Services operation celebrated 10 years of waste storage at the Winsford Mine. Ten years ago the underground conditions were considered ideal for the storage of specific types of waste requiring secure and sustainable disposal. This began the unique development of the underground storage facility as an alternative mine use.
In 2005, Veolia Environmental Services, the UK leader in environmental solutions, took over the operation and in that time the Mine Services team has been instrumental in transporting over 262,000 tonnes of waste contained in bags and transported using purpose-built transport capsules. This equates to 33,300 capsules of waste that have successfully been transported from the surface at No.4 Shaft to its final underground disposal location where remarkably the team has lifted in excess of 200,000 waste bags into their final position.
The continued growth of the DeepStore portfolio has given rise to the requirement for four new rooms to accommodate additional boxes and client archival material and approval has just been given to start the build programme with immediate effect. This will greatly assist DeepStore in its ambitious five year plan to increase the number of boxes stored by over 1 million.
The Mine Services Team. Left to right: Anthony Dennis, Pete Greenwood, Maurice Welch, Mike Latham, Dean Yarwood, Paul Thomas, Richard Horsfield, Brian Egerton, Ian Crawford
COMMERCIAL TEAM UPDATE
The Customer Service Department is now under the Management of Charlotte Mitchell who has two new Customer Service Coordinators in Jess Gosling and Chris Hilton. Both have taken to the role quickly and are now looking after one third of CMP UK salt customers each, with the support of Dawn McQuillan, who is an experienced member of the team. The summer restocking has set our customers up for the best start to the winter season. It has been a period of change for the whole department and a chance to look at new ideas and offers to our customers as well as improving our own internal practices and processes.
Left to right: Jess Gosling, Dawn McQuillan, Chris Heywood, Clive Hulse, Keith Pollitt, Charlotte Mitchell, Matt Saxton, Chris Hilton
Employees at Compass Minerals UK joined together with their families and friends to participate in the Winsford 10k Event last month.
The team was running in memory of Emily Dunn, Gordon’s daughter, who sadly passed away in July from an unexpected heart attack, and to raise funds for the Charity C-R-Y which was founded to work on ways to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). C-R-Y supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and provides bereavement support for families affected by YSCD. C-R-Y also promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.
The CMP UK Team had 46 members (pictured below), who ran or walked the route which started at the Winsford Mine. The route took in some beautiful Cheshire countryside along Whitegate Way, passed through the grounds of Vale Royal Abbey before running alongside the River Weaver, and then returning to the Mine.
The Team Fundraising Target was set as £5,000, with the running total currently at £6,700. We are pleased to be able to say we have more than achieved the target. A huge thank you to all those who have donated, and for those who are still wishing to donate, the page will remain open for a further three months – the link is as follows: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CompassTeam10k
In addition to the many runners, there were also employees and retired employees who joined the team of volunteers to help out on the day.
The Compass Minerals UK 10k team
ANDREW JONES MP VISITS UK'S LARGEST ROCK SALT MINE
Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP, visited Compass Minerals’ Winsford rock salt mine recently as local authorities throughout the country prepare for the forthcoming winter.
Compass Minerals operates the UK's largest rock salt mine and is Britain's leading supplier of rock salt, which is used by winter maintenance professionals to make icy roads safe during winter weather.
As experts in salt management, Compass Minerals works closely with local authorities, Departments of Transport and the Highways Agency to support winter resilience preparedness.
Chris Heywood, head of sales and logistics at Compass Minerals, said:
“We are delighted the minister chose to come to Winsford. It was a great honour to show him the work we do to ensure the United Kingdom remains safe and fully prepared for winter. Over the last five years we have continued to invest heavily in mining machines, processing equipment and storage facilities to further improve the security of the nation’s salt supplies.”
Andrew Jones said:
“Transport is absolutely critical to our thriving economy which is why we need to ensure the network can cope with winter weather. Highways England will be working around the clock to keep our major roads clear. The government is closely monitoring resilience across road, rail and airports to ensure Britain can keep moving in the event of extreme weather.”
The minister visited the salt mine to encourage the proactive use of Compass Minerals’ deicing salt as a strategic resource in enabling local authorities to keep the roads safe, and to ensure they have enough stockpiles should the country incur an especially cold winter.
The rock salt mine in Winsford is also home to DeepStore, offering professional records management solutions through taking advantage of the optimal environment at the mine.
Left to right: Chris Heywood, Compass Minerals and Andrew Jones MP
FOUR MORE APPRENTICES JOIN COMPASS MINERALS UK
We were recently delighted to welcome Brian Clarke, councillor for Cheshire West and Chester Council and Winsford Town Council, who came to the mine to visit our team of apprentices. Cllr Clarke worked at our mine himself for a total of 37 years and he came back to meet the latest four people to start our apprenticeship scheme, which has now been running for four years.
Our new recruits are Joshua Allen,19, and Daniel Jones, 22, from Winsford, along with Daniel Worthington, 18, and Jay Whinnett, 17, from Middlewich. Two of our existing apprentices, Josh Gerrard and Ben Fitzpatrick have almost completed their training, having started four years ago and are now set to become fully fledged mechanical and electrical engineers. Two more - Josh Foster and Tom Maddock – are half way through their training, having begun two years ago.
WINSFORD 10K APPEAL
We have a team of 35 representing Compass Minerals UK participating in the Winsford 10k on Sunday 4 October and want to raise awareness of and donations for the charity C-R-Y in memory of Emily Rose Dunn, Gordon’s daughter, who sadly passed away in July from an unexpected heart attack age 23.
Please visit our Virgin Money Giving Page by clicking the link below.
We would appreciate your donations to help us support the work of this charity in memory of Emily.
To find out more about the Winsford 10k and the route that starts and finishes at the Winsford Mine please click the link below:
WINSFORD MINE FEATURES IN NEW DOCUMENTARY
Our Winsford mine featured this week on the first episode of Roadworks Ahead, a new series from Channel Five, following the work of highway maintenance engineers around the country. Click on the link below to watch the drama unfold.
NEW SHUTTLE CAR DRIVES UP EFFICIENCY
Our new Chinese built JOY 10SC32 Shuttle car has been put into service in the Lower South Bostock development, working with our newest JOY Continuous Miner, which was commissioned last year.
Previously ‘development work’ cutting with the JOY Continuous Miner when it was uncoupled from the Conveyor Walking Tail End, was carried out using a front end loader with a carrying capacity of only 11.4 tonnes. The new electrically powered Shuttle Car has a rated carrying capacity of 16 tonnes. This means we can now move nearly 50% more rock with each journey that the JOY Continuous Miner makes. All our JOY team members are receiving training in the use of the new Shuttle Car, which will lead to a signficant increase in efficiency and productivity.
NEW MEMBERS FOR MINES RESCUE TEAM
As operators of Britain’s oldest working mine, we naturally take safety very seriously. At the end of last year we welcomed two new members to our Mines Rescue Team – Danny Ventre, Document and Archive Co-ordinator with DeepStore, and Martin Moores, IT Technician for Compass Minerals UK.
In order to join the team, Danny and Martin completed their brigadesmen’s training course at the Mansfield Mines Rescue Centre. The week long course included firefighting and medical equipment training, working in hot, humid and enclosed spaces, the evacuation of casualties and the use of breathing apparatus. Our seven strong team, lead by Team Captain Paul Booth, have been completing monthly training sessions, including casualty search and rescue simulations in the Winsford mine, stockpile safety demonstrations and emergency winder testing.
Team captain, Paul Booth said:
“Regular safety training builds up the skill set of the mine’s rescue team. These are skills I hope we never have to use, but the rescue team is an important factor in the safe operation of the mine”.
As you may now be aware, as part of the Compass Minerals global business, we have recently changed our name to Compass Minerals UK Limited in order to operate under our parent company's banner.
Unifying our organisation under one name - Compass Minerals – will allow us to build upon our 170 year long history and strengthen our ability to deliver the best possible results to you, our customers.
You will receive the same products, service and support from us as before. There will be no change in your sales contact and the change in our trade name does not affect any contracts or purchase agreements.
If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Customer Services team or one of our sales representatives.
BBC SCOTLAND GOES UNDERGROUND AT WINSFORD
BBC Scotland's transport correspondent David Miller has filmed a report from right inside our salt mine at Winsford. Click on the link below to watch the video:
NEW SaltAS SCHEME SET TO RAISE STANDARDS
Gordon Dunn, Managing Director, Compass Minerals UK receiving SaltAS certification from Lorraine Chambers, Agricultural Supplies Sector Manager at Kiwa PAI.
SaltAS is an assurance scheme which demonstrates to specifiers and users that their salt supplies meet all relevant quality standards and conform to their tender requirements. SaltAS covers the whole supply chain, including production, packaging, storage, distribution, Health & Safety, environment, quality and service providers.
Including SaltAS certification as a requirement in purchase and tender documentation is of huge benefit to Local Authorities, Highways Agency Contractors and other users. It reduces their requirement to provide more detailed specification and the need to carry out quality tests on their salt supplies - that becomes the responsibility of the salt supplier.
As SaltAS certification becomes a primary requirement for salt supply, SaltAS approval recognises quality systems, practices and disciplines and identifies participants as an integral part of the salt supply chain. To avoid duplication, certification under existing recognised industry standards counts towards SaltAS certification.
To find out more go to www.saltassociation.co.uk/saltas/ to download an application form for registration.
MERCEDES GOES UNDERGROUND AT WINSFORD ROCK SALT MINE