By Cameron Chai
CARBO Ceramics, a provider of ceramic proppant, has announced that the company will commence the construction of a modern ceramic manufacturing facility in Georgia.
The company may start the construction of the primary facility by this year end and may begin the production near the end of 2013. The plant will create 70 new jobs initially at Jenkins County. During the plant assembly, this project can give employment to 300 workers.
The company’s new ceramic manufacturing facility will occupy 450 A. the plant is situated at a convenient site for distribution of the product through rail or truck. The plant can extend for up to four production lines. Hydraulic fracturing utilizes ceramic proppant to form gas and oil wells to recover and produce more oil and gas.
Over $350 million has been invested by the company in Georgia and CARBO has employed over 200 people for its new plant. The company opened the first manufacturing facility during 1998 in McIntyre, Georgia and the second facility in Toomsboro, Georgia during 2005. All the manufacturing facilities of the company are constructed for safety based on the severe quality control standards and have received ISO 9001:2000 certification. The Georgia Mining Association’s "President's Award” for safety was given to the Toomsboro manufacturing facility during 2011.
According to the President and CEO of CARBO, Mr. Gary Kolstad, the influence of the company in Georgia is more, when compared to its business. The company is expecting for opportunities from the Millen site.