The 2003 A. Frank Alsobrook Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Distinguished Service Award
Awarded To: Fred G. Heivilin
In recognition for significant contributions to the workings of SME and the Industrial Minerals Division.
Fred Heivilin has been married 38 years to Carol, a Registered Nurse, and has two children Michelle Kimbler, MBA and Julie Coppinger, a CPA. He has a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin and MS from Southern Illinois University.
Fred Heivilin has worked 38 years for three companies mining fire clays, kaolin, bauxite, sodium and calcium bentonite, and fuller’s earth. He has worked as a geologist in exploration, development, mining and permitting, as well as, managing individual and multiple plants. At Oil-Dri Corporation during Fred’s term as Raw Material Manager and Vice President of Raw Material Development the reserves increased from 25 million to 862 million tons and the number of plants from 2 to 8 in North America.
He has been active in many civic activities, church, and the SME. He has served on many SME and Industrial Minerals committees and progressed through the ladder in the Industrial Minerals Division through the Chairman and SME Board of Directors.
Fred Heivilin was chairman and speaker at several programming sessions on crystalline silica and availability of lands. He was also Chairman of both full day Crystalline Silica Symposiums.
The Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Distinguished Service Award, established in 1995, recognizes members who have significantly contributed to the workings of SME and the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division; and have an outstanding reputation for professionalism and accomplishments.