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First day of summer, a sparkling clear swim pool and diatomaceous earth

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 21, 2017 8:00:31 AM

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It’s the first day of summer. It’s supposed to hit 100. You know what that means? Time to spend a lot of time in the swimming pool! 

There’s nothing more inviting on a hot sunny day than a beautiful, crystal clear swimming pool. But how does it get that way?

The answer: Diatomaceous earth!

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Topics: swim pool, diatomaceous earth swim pool filtration, celapool diatomaceous earth swim pool filter aid

What's a 4th of July without Diatomaceous Earth, Clay, or Perlite?

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 16, 2017 3:12:47 PM

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Industrial minerals might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about how to spend your Fourth of July weekend, but maybe they should be. Consider these top ideas for having fun in the sun with diatomaceous earth, clay, and perlite for the upcoming July 4th holiday:

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Topics: Company News

Effective Pest Control with Diatomaceous Earth

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 8, 2017 11:55:47 AM

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Thanks to Linsey Knerl from the Gardeners Path blog for the informative post!
Nobody wants to see this first thing in the morning when they head out to the berry patch. And if you’re visiting my homestead during the gardening months, you’ll hear us refer to “DE” almost daily.The powdery substance, known as diatomaceous earth, is one of my favorite weapons against garden pests.

It has saved my family from losing large portions of our garden to beetles, moths, and other crawly things.

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Topics: DEsect

EP Minerals is different. Our customers tell us that's a good thing

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 2, 2017 2:30:32 PM

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At EP Minerals, we're not like any other company. We're different. And we think that's a very good thing. What exactly do we mean by that? We're different in how we treat our customers, different in how we work with each other and our suppliers, and different in what we do and how we do it.

Apparently, our customers think we’re different, too. But in a very good way.

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Topics: Company News

Top Brewers Share The #1 Secret to Brewing Great Beer

Posted by Julie Brown

May 17, 2017 4:23:14 PM

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An article for InterBrew magazine: By Alexey Makoveev, EP Minerals’ area sales manager for Russia and Julie Brown

Here in Russia, we really like our beer. (And our vodka, but that’s another subject.) But we don’t think much about how beer is made and what makes it better. How do you make the best beer? Is the ingredients? The hops, the malt, the barley? The recipe? The brewer? The fermenting process? Is it in how you store it?

What I can tell you after working with top brewers all over Russia and other countries, is that the key to great beer comes down to one thing: Filtration.

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Topics: Filtration

EP Minerals celebrates sustainability and Intl. Compost Awareness Week

Posted by Julie Brown

May 10, 2017 9:02:15 AM

This week is International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW). It’s the world’s largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry, designed to showcase compost production and demonstrate compost use. The event promotes composting in homes, schools and industries in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries around the world.

Composting provides a cheap and effective way of protecting the environment by reducing waste sent to landfill and incineration while returning organic resources to the soil. Organic waste sent to landfill can contribute to methane, a greenhouse gas with 25 times more heat trapping potential than CO2.

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Topics: Recycling and Sustainability

Things you didn't know about tequila, diatomaceous earth and Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Julie Brown

May 3, 2017 4:46:26 PM

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Thanks to Emily Bell and VinePair for the tequila information.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! So you know that our diatomaceous earth filter aid filters the world's best beers, wines, whiskeys, brandys, sakes and a host of other alcoholic beverages, right? What about the world's largest producer of tequila? Yep, bingo. DE filters tequila, too. It's a great week to celebrate this made-in-Mexico drink, and learn a little.

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Topics: Filtration

Millions of Years in the Making: Celatom Brights for Paint & Coatings

Posted by Julie Brown

Apr 28, 2017 10:49:40 AM

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This week's blog post comes to us from The Cary Blog. Thanks to The Cary Company for featuring our Celatom Brights paint & coatings products in this special post.

What are the most important factors in choosing products for the paint and coatings industry? In a recent customer survey, high quality and the ability to meet “spec” consistently ranked as the highest in customer responses. EP Minerals’ uses unique ore deposits, from the Aulacoseira Granulata diatoms of ten million years ago, for the diatomaceous earth (DE) in their paint and coatings products. The production process produces more consistent product performance, which means that you’ll spend less time on quality control issues.

EP Minerals’ portfolio of bright white diatomaceous earth (DE) products are called Celatom Brights. This line of products is produced exclusively for the paint and coatings industry – high-efficiency materials for matting, texture, and rheology. The Celatom Brights product line includes a variety of flux-calcined DE products and a unique natural DE product. They’re lower density, which gives you more performance with less additive. They improve TiOspacing. Oh, and did we mention? They’re really bright white.

Advantages of Celatom Brights diatomaceous earth products:

  • Lower density than competing products, so you need less product
  • Superior opacity and flatting
  • Superior 60° and 85° gloss control
  • Less porosity, more stain resistant
  • High brightness
  • Uniform diatom distribution

EP Minerals’ natural virtually CS free DE product:

CelaFlat+™ (also known as LCS-3), a high efficiency and performance DE. It’s a unique, matting additive that has many benefits that include:

  • You’ll use 9% less by weight as compared to the leading competitive products. You can gain more performance with less additive in your paint formulations with CelaFlat+.
  • The product has less than reportable crystalline silica levels, which means more time for business and less time on regulatory issues.
  • It exhibits superior opacity and flatting efficiency and exhibits superior 85° sheen control.
  • It has less porosity, which means more stain resistance.
  • This product improves TiO2 spacing, so you can use 5-10% less TiO2 and save more money on your paint formulation.

Our flux-calcined Celatom DE products:

DE is not just a “filler” but a multi-functional mineral additive that can improve the overall performance of paint or coatings. In addition to the gloss and sheen control, DE also:

  • Provides titanium dioxide (TiO2) extension
  • Controls solvent release and open time
  • Controls polish or burnish
  • Helps control viscosity and shelf stability
  • Resists cracking
  • Provides consistent touch-up performance

Learn more about Celatom Brights products and their opacifying and matting capabilities. Check out the Celatom Brights product brochure.

Contact EP Minerals or The Cary Company to learn more. Oh, and don’t forget your sunglasses – it’s bright white out!

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Topics: Functional Additives

Prevent Mites in Chickens Using EP Minerals'  DEsect Diatomaceous Earth

Posted by Julie Brown

Apr 21, 2017 9:05:43 AM

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Check out any feed store or farm & ranch store right now to get your dose of cute – baby chicks! It’s pretty darn tempting to bring a few home and become a backyard farmer. Why not? Many chicken keepers swear by organic diatomaceous earth (DE) like EP Minerals’ DEsect® to keep chicks from getting mites. Mites are bad! They chew up the poor little chickens and suck their blood. DEsect to the rescue!

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Topics: DEsect

EP Minerals' 101 Guide to the Benefits of Soil Amendments

Posted by Dan Swartz

Apr 14, 2017 1:16:11 PM

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Soil amendments have been around for many years.  Their use has historically been primarily in various sport field applications, including golf course greens, rooftop gardens, soccer pitches, and football fields, but soil amendments have also been used in projects including the landscaping of roadsides, parks and private and municipal landscape projects such as museums, and botanical gardens. So what exactly are soil amendments? 

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Topics: AXIS