Sulphate of potash producer Compass Minerals International, Inc. has announced that it had completed an all cash purchase of Canadian leading SOP producer Big Quill Resources for US$56.3 million. Big Quill makes “high-purity” SOP for nutrients used by crop and turf growers, as well as for non-agricultural specialty applications. The Company’s Wynyard site, in Saskatchewan, which can process up to 40,000 short tons per year, produces much of its SOP by extracting naturally-occurring sulphate from the brine of Big Quill Lake and combining it with potassium chloride. Big Quill sources its potassium chloride through a “very long-term, advantaged supply agreement. Compass expects the acquisition to be “immediately accretive”. In addition, they plan to expand Big Quill’s production and sales of high-value specialty products over time. The Kansas City based Compass is already a producer of “organic-approved” SOP, which it markets to crop, fruit, vegetable and tree nut growers in the Americas and Pacific Rim. According to Compass, Big Quill’s 2010 revenues are expected to be about $23 million with EBITDA of some $7 million; last year they sold some 35,000 short tonnes.