Calgon Carbon Expands Granular Activated Carbon Capacity

June 30, 2020
Calgon Carbon Corporation will add a second virgin activated carbon production line at its Pearlington, Mississippi plant.

Calgon Carbon Corporation says it intends to expand capacity at its Pearlington, Mississippi plant by adding a second virgin activated carbon production line. The expansion is expected to add 38 jobs at the plant when complete. The estimated investment in the additional production line will be $185 million, according to the company. When completed, Calgon Carbon’s virgin granular activated carbon capacity will reportedly exceed 200 million pounds per year. 

Calgon Carbon has been in conversation with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission regarding the project for several months. A final board decision on the plant expansion was granted on June 24 by Kuraray Co., Ltd., which completed its acquisition of Calgon Carbon in March 2018. 

“This expansion enables our activated carbon products to be more broadly used to clean the world’s air and water on an even larger scale,” says Steve Schott, Calgon Carbon’s president and CEO. “There is no better place for this expansion, we have always felt at home in Mississippi, and we appreciate the support and enthusiasm the state and local economic development leaders have shown us, and our parent company, Kuraray.” 

The Pearlington, MS plant sits on 100 acres within the Port Bienville Industrial Park and has 200,000 square feet of production space and 42 employees. Once the expansion is complete, which is expected in late 2022, the facility will be approximately 400,000 square feet with 80 employees.

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