Pete Lien Plans Wyoming Quarry

Staff | September 28, 2010

Laramie, Wyo.— Rapid City, S.D.-based Pete Lien & Sons Inc. proposes to mine limestone near Laramie and build a $50-million plant to process it into lime and other products. The company's plans were recently presented to the Albany County Commission. Site of the proposed quarry and processing plant is ranchland 10 miles north of Laramie.

Company President Pete Lien says the site has enough limestone to last up to a century. The company presently mines limestone at a large quarry in extreme northern Colorado, midway between Laramie and Fort Collins.

Under current plans, construction would begin in 2008 or 2009 on the new quarry and plant that would produce both fine-grind limestone and lime. The quarry and plant would employ 50 to 60 workers and have a $2-million annual payroll.

Fine-grind limestone is used by the glass manufacturing industry and as a livestock feed supplement. Lime is used as a neutralizer in water and wastewater treatment plants and as a scrubbing agent to reduce smokestack emissions.