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are good, it's fun," General Manager
Bryant Tenorio says. "But you have to
prepare for the bad times. If you don't
cover your capex, you could be in trouble when the market hits a downturn.
It can happen overnight."
Frac sand is a commodity, which is
why sudden downturns are a regular
part of the business. The product is tied
to the global economy and that can affect the overall price and need. "When
it gets difficult, people cut expenses
quickly," Tenorio explains. "Customers
ask to get out of contracts very quickly.
It makes us leaner and meaner. Companies that didn't prepare are going to
have a hard time lasting."
During the second half of 2014, the
market was at a peak. CRU's ability to
load a truck in four minutes allowed
the company to move 77,000 tons
of frac sand on eight unit trains in a
month for several months on end.
"People don't believe it when we tell
them because it's a lot of movement
through a small amount of storage
capacity," Tenorio says. "We are really

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proud of the fact that a 3,600-ton facility was able to transload eight unit
trains a month. Even I had a hard time
believing we were able to pull that off."

"SandCommand™ has
a way to collect data
and provide analytics
the customer can use.
It's a perfect way to be
proactive instead of
reactive in cost
analysis."
// BRYANT TENORIO, general manager

SANDCOMMAND™
To handle customer rail logistics and
inventory control, CRU Logistics
uses a program called SandCommand™. Through SandCommand™,
the company gathers all data possible
from the mine to track equipment and
railcars and consolidates the data in a
user-friendly manner. Customers can
then plan accordingly based on ETAs,

During peak marketing activity in 2014, CRU's 3,600-ton facility was able to transload eight unit trains a month..

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allowing them to know what is actually
being transported so they don't move
too much or too little.
"We are very proactive about letting
customers know what's happening
with their supply chain in order to
keep their landed costs down," Tenorio says. "Once the cars come in, we
inspect them, we test the product in
the railcars ensuring there is no contamination within the silo and check
the railcar's weight variance in order to
make sure the customer is getting what
they paid for."
Everything is broken down by jobs in
SandCommand™, and CRU Logistics
provides an elaborate analysis for customers that they can use to rework rates
with trucking companies or anything
necessary to keep costs low. SandCommand™ has also been integrated
with silo controls. "That's extremely
helpful because not only do you minimize human error, but you are able to
seamlessly integrate your logistics with
inventory control," Tenorio explains.
Because the program has been so


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