Texas Brine started brine production operations in 1946 at the Pierce Junction Salt Dome, trucking brine using World War II surplus trucks. Since then, our subsidiary’s trucking operations have grown to 13 truck-loading racks in Texas, Louisiana and New York, and a barge-loading rack on the Mississippi River. The truck fleet, which started with World War II surplus trucks, is now a modern trucking fleet that includes low-emission compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors. The Texas fleet, still based at Pierce Junction, services our customers in Texas. In other states, we have relationships with reliable local operators to deliver our brine.
In 2021, Texas Brine Sales and Distribution opened its first barge-loading rack on the Mississippi River at Welcome, Louisiana. Working with barge operators, we can load multiple barges daily to supply cost-competitive brine to customers in the Lower Mississippi River who can receive brine by barge.
Our trucking and barging operations supply customers who prefer brine to dry salt. Trucks delivering our brine carry 100 to 119 barrels per load, equivalent to 5.5 to 6.5 tons of dry salt. Barges delivering brine have a capacity of up to 7,500 barrels, equivalent to 400 tons of dry salt.