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A mining explosives company’s Ogdensburg plant won’t have detonations

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Don’t expect any loud noises at the manufacturing and distribution facility that a Utah-based mining explosives company will build in Ogdensburg next spring.

On Wednesday, Maxam North America Inc. of Salt Lake City, agreed to pay $123,000 to the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority for 12.41 acres of land in the latter’s heavy industrial park along Route 37. It will build there a 5,000-square-foot facility where, according to OBPA Director of Commercial and Industrial Development John A. Rishe, oxides will be produced.

Oxides are a compound of oxygen and other substances. They do not explode.

“There will be no detonation,” Mr. Rishe said Thursday.

The oxides will be taken by rail and truck to other Maxam North America facilities where, according to Mr. Rishe, they will be mixed and tested with other materials for detonation.

The Ogdensburg plant will employ between seven and 10 people and is expected to be open next summer.

Maxam North America is a manufacturer and distributor of commercial explosives used in mining, quarrying and construction. The company has facilities in Utah, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Michigan, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta.

Maxam North America officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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