The Health & Nutrition (H&N) business of Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) recognized that increased customer demand for granulated calcium carbonate produced by its plant in Modesto, California, was going to outpace production capacity. To meet customer needs, HEM expanded its Ground Calcium Carbonate plant in Quincy, Illinois.
Construction on the 18,000 square foot (1,672 square meter) expansion at the Quincy site began in September 2011 and was completed in May 2012. The expansion increases HEM’s capacity to produce calcium carbonate granulations by approximately 8,400 metric tons per year.
HEM selected the Quincy plant for additional capacity for two key reasons: experience and location. The plant already produces pharmaceutical grade HuberCal® calcium carbonate, an ingredient in chewable calcium supplements. It also supplies HuberCal to the Modesto plant, where it’s granulated to produce calcium carbonate that can be pressed into tablets, making it useful for other pharmaceutical applications, particularly antacids. By using processing techniques developed at Modesto, the Quincy site ensures product characteristics are consistent, so customers can be confident about product quality.
Quincy’s location in the midwest region of the United States provides additional benefits. Customers in the eastern U.S. are now easier to reach, with shortened transit times and lower shipping costs. The H&N business is also exploring new opportunities for sales growth in the eastern U.S.
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