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(Osburn, ID-AP) -- The Idaho Panhandle's Atlas Mining Company has won an overseas order for 50 tons of halloysite clay from its mine in west-central Utah.
The company declined to disclose the buyer or the value of the deal.
But the company's president William Jacobson says preparations will begin in April for digging the clay from the Dragon Mine in Juab County, Utah.
Halloysite has traditionally been used in making bone china, fine china and porcelain products. But more recently the clay has been used in processing time-release herbicides and other agents.
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