Our Products

The Searles Valley Experience

In 1919, American Trona Corporation, now Searles Valley Minerals (SVM) introduced the Three Elephant brand name for borax indicating the strength our product provides.

SVM produces Anhydrous Borax, Pentahydrate Borax, Decahydrate Borax, Boric Acid, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Chloride and Sulfate of Potash products.

With the exception of Sodium Chloride and Sodium Bicarbonate, products are available in various package sizes and bulk.

Products

Decahydrate Borax

Pentahydrate Borax

Boric Acid

Anhydrous Borax

Sulfate of Potash (Potassium Sulfate)

Sodium Carbonate

Sodium Sulfate

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium Chloride

Service and Logistics

The plant logistics team is part of the Searles Valley Minerals distribution network. Each year our expert team of order fulfillment supervisors, coordinators and material handling technicians manage and dispatch at least 30,000 orders for shipment to domestic and export customers.

The Trona Railway Company LLC is used to bring fuel and process chemicals to Searles Valley as well as delivering product to our customers. TRC transports 2,000,000 tons of freight each year with its own fleet of locomotives and railcars.

Loading and packaging facilities located at Argus, Trona and Westend select the appropriate lots for shipment. The orders vary from large bulk orders loaded into railcars to small mixed product orders of packaged goods picked up by customer trucks or delivered by Searles Valley Minerals.

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning."

      – WINSTON CHURCHILL

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Worrying solves nothing, of course, but we take the words of Churchill in terms of recognizing potential kinks in the supply chain before they occur. As a logistics professional it’s important to run “what if” scenarios and dig into any areas that give you pause for thought. That’s where you’ll find those advance worries turn into advance planning!

Decahydrate Borax

Borax is the least concentrated sodium borate product, because it has the most bound water (10 molecules). It is found in detergents, and personal care products. It is used to make glass, ceramics, and insulation. It is a flux in metal recovery, wire drawing and refractories. It is also a corrosion inhibitor in automotive antifreeze, and a preservative in casein-based adhesives.

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Pentahydrate Borax

V-BOR® is a more concentrated form of sodium borate because it contains less bound water (5 molecules). It is found in detergents, and personal care products. It is used to make glass, ceramics, and insulation. It is a flux in metal recovery, wire drawing and refractories. It is also a corrosion inhibitor in automotive antifreeze, and a preservative in casein-based adhesives. It is also used to neutralize skins/hides in leather tanning, corrects boron deficiency in plants, reduces melting temperature in glass process, is a fire retardant in cellulose insulation, and is used to make a bleaching agent for home laundry.

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Boric Acid

Boric acid is used to make textile fiberglass for tire cord, to reinforce certain plastics and tapes, and for home curtains. It is also a fire retardant in cellulose insulation, a raw material for sodium borohydride (a paper bleaching agent), and a raw material for boron fibers used for high-strength composites. It is also an environmentally friendly preservative for wood, a pesticide, and a corrosion inhibitor.

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Anhydrous Borax

PYROBOR®, or anhydrous borax, is the most concentrated sodium borate product because it has no bound water. It is used to manufacture heat resistant glass, high quality glass, refractories and enamel glazes requiring high color standards.

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Sulfate of Potash

Three Elephant® Sulfate of Potash (also known as Potassium Sulfate) is naturally solution mined and refined to deliver the highest quality sulfate of potash to help plants resist drought and disease in order to provide crops healthy growth and improved yields. Ideal for liquid blends or solution applications.
Available in both a 0-0-50 and 0-0-52 grades.

• OMRI approved
• High in potassium and sulfur
• Low Chloride
• Naturally solution mined in Trona, CA, USA.
• Low to no insolubles
• Clear solution with minimal to no precipitate
• Won’t plug equipment
• Small particle size
• Dissolves quickly into solution
• High suspension Ratio

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 Potassium Sulfate by Sulfate of Potash (SOP)

Sodium Carbonate

Over a million tons of this plain white powder leave Searles Valley by truck, rail and ocean-going freighter each year for destinations all over the world.

Soda Ash lowers the temperature at which sand melts when making glass. Glass that uses soda ash are flat glass (windows, automotive, mirrors) and container glass (food and beverage bottles, tumblers and serving dishes). Soda ash is also used in detergents, directly as a water softener in dry mix, and as a raw material for other detergent chemicals. Soda Ash is used for neutralization (lead-acid battery recycling, environmental acid controls) and in aluminum manufacturing.

In addition to being a fundamental ingredient in glass manufacturing, soda ash is necessary to petroleum refining, water treatment and pulp and paper production. Soda ash is one of the ten highest volume minerals produced in North America and constitutes nearly 25% of every pound of glass manufactured.

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Anhydrous Sodium Sulfate

Naturally occurring anhydrous sodium sulfate is found in abundance in the Searles Valley. We manufacture a standard grade product, for various end uses. Anhydrous sodium sulfate can be used in many detergents where it is a processing and water conditioning agent, a detergent builder, and provides alkalinity control. It is also a refining agent for container glass, used to decompose wood to make paper and cardboard, and is a component in dry powder carpet fresheners. It is also used as a setting agent in textile dyeing.

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Sodium Bicarbonate

Several thousand tons of Sodium Bicarbonate is manufactured each year by Searles Valley Minerals. The product is available in bulk truck and railcars, shipping from our Trona, CA. facility.

Our registered trade name, BIOCARB is used domestically in Animal Nutrition, Agriculture, Pool & Water Treatment and Industrial Applications.

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Sodium Chloride

Produced through solar evaporation, our salt is used as a softener for water treatment, to treat roads for snow and ice and as a main ingredient in deicers. Other uses include: as a disinfecting agent in salt pools and as an ingredient in the manufacture of many industrial compounds.

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