New owner will help Wrens plant diversify its product line

For the first since the plummet in crude oil prices tanked the proppant market in 2015, US Ceramics (USC) is firing up its kilns, hiring a variety of new positions and hoping to get its second line operational by September. 

The Wrens, Ga. plant, formerly known as PyraMax and more recently as Imerys, was recently purchased by First Bauxite LLC (FBX), an acquisition that will allow the plant to expand its product lines to include a full portfolio of proppants for sale on the domestic and international markets, as well as several new products that will make use of materials for the highest grade non-metallurgical bauxite reserve in Guyana. 

“The acquisition will also permit USC to step into other market segments such as refractories, flame retardants and chemicals that can utilize the special characteristics of the low impurity FBX bauxite,” Thibault Van Stratum, Executive Chair of FBX, said.  

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