SandBox Logistics, LLC, is a Houston-based company focused on the transportation of proppant, a sand-like material used in the fracking process, from diverse resource-extraction locations. In August 2016, SandBox Logistics received new strategic impetus when SandBox Enterprises, LLC, was acquired by U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc.
The $218 million transaction was lauded for the commercial and operational synergies it created. With mobile transloading available for any rail spur nationwide, the transaction is seen as leading to highly efficient capital use.
The deal was also described by the president and CEO of U.S. Silica as giving his company the capacity to make sand delivery more reliable and safe. The containerized approach is scalable and provides long-term shareholder value through its “last mile” delivery commitment. Cost-effectiveness is ensured through proprietary equipment and processes. With services extending from wellhead to mine, the company now has the potential to transform how fracking transportation is handled.