Utah salt makers have extracted salt from three sources, the principal of these being brine from Great Salt Lake. Other sources are saline beds in Great Salt Lake Desert and subterranean halite formations in central Utah.
This study traces the development of methods used to recover and refine salt by the industry, in general, and by specific companies. It provides brief, historical sketches of the major corporations and the economic, legal, and environmental factors affecting their growth.
Utah produces about 1 per cent of the nation's salt, exporting over half of it from the state. The major factors limiting the growth of the local industry are the lack of population and industrial development in Utah's market area. Transportation rates for a product with low intrinsic value but high in weight determine this area.