COMPANY ADDS COLO. FACILITY FOR MINING AND MANUFACTURING

COMPANY ADDS COLO. FACILITY FOR MINING AND MANUFACTURING

The North American Chemical Co. recently announced the completion of an upgraded mining and manufacturing facility that will produce sodium bicarbonate for food-grade and pharmaceutical applications as well as its existing industrial and agricultural applications.

North American Chemical is a subsidiary of Harris Chemical Group, Inc.The facility, located in northwestern Colorado, will tap the Western Hemisphere's only known deposit of pure, naturally occurring nahcolite - the mineral form of pure sodium bicarbonate. The facility, White River Nahcolite Minerals, is a joint venture between NACC and Natec Resources Inc. The White River facility has capacity for annual production of 100,000 tons of sodium bicarbonate.

"Unlike conventional production technologies, this state-of-the-art facility produces sodium bicarbonate naturally without chemical processing or other synthetic alteration," said Steven P. Wolf, senior vice president of corporate development for NACC.