Soon after a loading and processing facility was built in Lochaline, first at the West Pier and in the 1970s at its current location.
Initially they tried to use horses to haul out the sand underground but this proved unsuccessful and soon they started using diesel locomotives. Nowadays, the sand gets transported to the plant by articulated dump trucks.
In 2008 the owners of the mine decided to close the mine, but in June 2011 a joint venture between the Italian mining company Minerali Industriali and the global glass manufacturer NSG was created and Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd. was registered. In September 2012 Lochaline sand mine was officially re-opened.