The kaolin plants in Gordon, GA and Aiken, SC have resumed full plant operations to meet the supply, service, and quality needs of its customers. The Quincy, FL and Climax, GA attapulgite operations were hit by the full force of the Category 4 storm. There was no material damage to the plants and they stand ready to resume full production once power is restored and employees are able to mobilize, which is contingent on basic services reestablished in local communities and roadways are cleared.
Active Minerals’ strategic planning combined with Michael’s weakening strength, as it traveled across all of AMI’s mining and mineral processing operations, contributed to AMI’s prompt return to full functionality once public utilities restored electric power.
“Despite the short notice with the quickly developing storm, we activated controlled shutdowns to secure our operations and ensure our employees could be safe at home with their families,” said Dennis C. Parker, AMI president. Our thoughts continue to be with all the people who suffered severe damage.”
Beginning earlier in the week, the company put its Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan into effect. This included:
- Filling all clay sheds to full capacity ;
- Maximizing production and securing inventory of finished goods;
- Securing sites to minimize damage from rain and wind;
- Accelerating open orders to move them out before the storm;
- Accelerating transfer of export orders to ports in time for shipment before the storm;
- Notifying customers about the intended effects of AMI’s preparedness plans
“Our Quincy and Aiken plants supply Min-U-Gel and Acti-Min products which are key ingredients for the production of a wide range of construction materials – tape joint compound for gypsum drywall, paint coatings, asphalt roof coatings, adhesives and sealants – which will be in high demand locally for rebuilding areas affected by Hurricane Michael and last month’s Hurricane Florence,” said Donna Kidd, AMI’s VP of sales. “Active Minerals stands ready to immediately meet all our customers’ requirements – domestically and internationally – through this period of increased demand in the U.S.”