Huber Cuts Back Kaolin Operations in Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 09 August 2006 -- Huber Engineered Materials, part of J.M.Huber Corporation, faced with continued pressure from costs and competitive alternatives to Georgia kaolin in the paper market, today announced a restructuring initiative for its Georgia-based kaolin operations.
Specifically, Huber will transition certain product lines during the next six to nine months from its Macon facility to its Sandersville facility. At the same time, Huber will eliminate certain product lines that have not achieved levels of profitability that support continued investment.
The restructuring is expected to affect approximately 15% to 25% of the positions at the Macon facility and reduce plant capacity by up to 40%. The reduction in capacity will primarily affect paper grade output, although, the transfer of some production to Sandersville will partially offset this effect.
"The objective of the restructuring effort is to maximize our cost competitiveness and permit us to better focus on our core products in the paper and industrial markets," said Gerry Collins, VP and general manager of Huber's kaolin business unit. "The plan is to have a more profitable mix of products for our production facilities, positioning kaolin as a business that maximizes value to our customers and generates financial returns that justify the continued investment required by a long-term business."
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About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials develops engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal, and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, paper, and consumer-based applications. Its inorganic science and product modification techniques have advanced the production of specialty silica and silicates, alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, kaolin clay, barium sulfate, and natural calcium carbonate.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Huber Engineered Materials has offices in 15
countries. For more information, see www.hubermaterials.com
About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, is a diversified,
multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources, and technology-based services to customers spanning many industries from paper and energy to plastics and construction. With announced sales exceeding USD 2 billion, J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest family-owned companies in the United States. The company offers total solutions in inorganic chemistry, engineered wood composites, and other specialties. For more information, see www.huber.com.