It's more than just the white, granular seasoning that enhances the flavour of so many foods. Salt is one of the most widely used minerals on Earth. It's a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of bacteria, and an essential element in our diet. It helps regulate our blood pressure and volume, facilitates the transmission of nerve impulses, and plays a vital role in heart and muscle contractions.
We use salt to clear our roadways and stabilize our roadbeds as well as to maintain the conditioning systems that soften hard water. We make textiles and chemicals with it. Everything from aspirin to bar soap to leather shoes! In a single year, Canadians can use more than ten million tonnes of the stuff. In fact, it's estimated there are more than 14,000 uses for this marvelous compound.
Shaking up the Industry.
It was 1893, in Windsor (Ontario), when three employees of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (C.P.R.) began a subsidiary they called The Windsor Salt Company Limited. Within a few years, the fledgling operation was sold and became The Canadian Salt Company Limited. Over the years since, the Company has changed hands at least twice, but it has remained a leader in modern salt processing methods. Today, the company is known as K+S Windsor Salt Ltd. and it is Canada's largest salt manufacturer.
The Company is engaged in the recovery, processing and sale of salt, and provides over 200 evaporated and rock salt products under its well-known Windsor and Safe-T-Salt brand names.
Products made from evaporated salt (salt recovered from brine) are used in household and food products, as well as for agricultural, water softening and industrial purposes. Those made from mined rock salt are also sold to household and industrial markets for ice control, and to the water softening and general industrial trades.
It will come as no surprise that government agencies are among the largest users of the Company's products for highway ice control.
K+S Windsor Salt Ltd. is headquartered in Pointe-Claire (Québec) and employs some 800 people in its regional sales office, three evaporated salt plants and three rock salt mines, as well as across its Canada-wide network of warehouses and salt storage facilities. Its distribution centres are strategically located to serve Canada's geographically dispersed markets, employing truck, rail and marine transportation.