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U.S. Zinc commences zinc oxide capacity expansion project

May 6, 2013 - 

HOUSTON – Officials with U.S. Zinc today announced the company has begun implementation of its project to expand production at its two domestic zinc oxide plants. Phase 1 of the expansion is slated for completion by the end of the year. The full expansion, which includes facility additions, new employees and new equipment, will increase zinc oxide production by 17,000 metric tons per year.

“As we take our project from the planning stage to breaking ground, we are positioned to grow our workforce and strengthen our presence in the market,” said U.S. Zinc President Rodrigo Daud. “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to ensure supply for the global zinc oxide market.”

Phase 1 of the project will expand U.S. Zinc’s oxide plant in Clarksville, Tenn. Expansion of the company’s Millington, Tenn., plant will occur during the next phase. New equipment at each location will enable the use of secondary raw materials as feedstock, which furthers U.S. Zinc’s commitment to recycling.

“Servicing the market with the highest quality product and meeting the demands of our customers is of paramount importance to us. This expansion exemplifies U.S. Zinc’s commitment to further enhance our service to our customers,” said U.S. Zinc’s Commercial Vice President Tracy Baugh.

About U.S. Zinc
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, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazilian-based Votorantim Metais, one of the five largest zinc producers in the world.