HOUSTON—U.S. Zinc Corp. has completed the expansion of its zinc oxide plant in Clarksville, Tenn., increasing zinc oxide production by 8,000 metric tons per year.
The project began in July and involved expanding the physical space, hiring employees and installing new equipment. The equipment additions and upgrades allow the use of secondary raw materials as a major feedstock, furthering the company's commitment to recycling.
"With the recent tightening of zinc oxide supply, customers need new capacities to meet their needs," said Tracy Baugh, U.S. Zinc's commercial vice president. "Our expansion project allows us to streamline processes for improved efficiency and reliability. This results in providing customers with high quality products with better reliability and service."
The Clarksville expansion is phase one of the company's North American zinc oxide expansion project. Phase two involves expanding capacity of the company's Millington, Tenn., zinc oxide plant. Engineering work has begun, and the firm said phase two is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
Headquartered in Houston, U.S. Zinc is a worldwide manufacturer, recycler and supplier of zinc oxide, zinc dust, zinc metal and zinc fines with plants in North America, South America and Asia.