In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Huber expands the size and scope of its operations.
To grow the Minerals business, Huber acquires two manufacturers of calcium carbonate—one in Quincy, Illinois, and another in Marble Falls, Texas. In 1981, Huber broadens its business by producing flame and smoke suppressant fillers called alumina trihydrate. The following year, Huber acquires a plastics reprocessing and compounding company in Texas.
Research and development at Huber’s Chemicals division leads to an important breakthrough for the dental care industry in 1974. Two new pigments use Huber’s silica as abrasives and thickeners in toothpaste. These innovations propel Huber to a global leadership position in oral care. To better serve its international customers, Chemicals opens a silicate plant in Taavetti, Finland, in 1983.
In the early 1980s, the Oil & Gas division expands its commitment to developing natural gas reserves by making its first investment in coalbed methane.
In 1983, Huber enters a new market by opening a plant in Easton, Maine, to produce oriented strand board (OSB) for the construction industry. In 1989, the company adds a plant in Commerce, Georgia, to serve builders in the southeast region of the United States.
Here are some other highlights from Huber’s history: