CARBO Ceramics to build plant here
Jenkins County may soon get a new industry that is known worldwide. CARBO Ceramics announced its intention last Tuesday to construct a $100 million plant here, pending approval of environmental permits which is expected to come in October.
During a public meeting held at the Jenkins County Agriculture Center, Mark Edmonds, Vice-President of Operations, explained that the company has an option to purchase 800 acres of land off Highway 17.
When permits are approved, the property will be purchased and construction of the facility could begin in as little as 6- 7 months. A predicted timeline reveals that construction would start the fourth quarter of 2012 with operations beginning the third quarter of 2013. The 14- month construction phase would cre- ate approximately 300 construction jobs with 75 permanent jobs being created when the facility begins operations. The hourly starting salary for most permanent employees would be $12.50. Hiring of employees would be done through the state technical colleges’ Quick Start program and the Georgia Work Ready certification program.
The Millen facility will manufacture a ceramic fracturing proppant, about the size of pin head, which the gas and oil industries use to make the oil flow through their pipes more efficiently. The proppant is manufactured from kaolin clay ore which is found in abundant supply in Georgia. The product is shipped by rail throughout the United States with the company having over 1,000 dedicated railcars for that purpose.
Mr. Edmonds noted that CARBO Ceramics, headquar- tered in Houston, Texas, is a global company with plants located in McIntyre and Toomsboro in Georgia that employ about 200 people. Plants are also located in China and Russia, and its products are sold in 50 countries worldwide.
He also stressed that CARBO finances construction of its new facilities without borrowing money. “We spend about $60- $70 million on new plants, and we fund construction from our own cash,” he said.
Community involvement, safety and ethical business practices were also stressed.
“We have been a good neighbor and partner everywhere we have plants,” Mr. Edmonds said.