Covia announced that mining operations at its facility in Gore, Virginia, will be idled indefinitely during the first quarter of 2024. The Gore facility has been in operation for more than 80 years under several owners, including Virginia Glass, Unimin, and Covia. Gore’s current product portfolio focused on high-purity glass sand and high-performance industrial silica.

Citing intensifying capital needs of the plant and the company’s strategic investment focus, Covia said it decided to idle mining operations at Gore to “optimize the company’s production footprint, supporting more sustainable operations.” The mine will be idled indefinitely on or before February 29, 2024. The company said it is working closely with affected customers and employees to support them through the transition.