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Diatomaceous Earth insecticide, bad bugs, and National Meet A Horse Day

Posted by Julie Brown

Jul 21, 2017 1:50:40 PM

hansi.jpgHappy bug free National Meet a Horse Day from Hansi, my goofy Hanoverian

Supposedly from all the reports we’re seeing lately, this is another bad year for bugs. In the East, they say they have more bugs because it was a wet winter. In the West, they say we have more bugs because it was a longer, wetter winter. Whatever. All I know is that I’m seeing an early bunch of ants, spiders, earwigs and flies at my house, and I hate bugs.

Unfortunately, I picked a hobby that is intrinsically associated with bugs. Horses! But this year I started early with my secret weapon – DEsect diatomaceous earth (DE) insecticide. DE is made from microscopic skeletons of prehistoric algae – diatoms - that simply dry out and slice up insects like a samurai swordsman.

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Topics: DEsect

EP Engineered Clays buys bleaching clay, activated clay catalysts from BASF

Posted by Julie Brown

Jul 17, 2017 10:07:58 AM

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Loading diatomaceous earth ore at EP Minerals' Lovelock mine.

Global leader in diatomite, perlite and clay products used as microfiltration media, functional additives and absorbents expands its product portfolio                                                             

RENO, NV, July 17, 2017 – EP Engineered Clays Corporation, an affiliate of EP Minerals, LLC, a worldwide leader in engineered products derived from industrial minerals, announced today that it has acquired bleaching clay and mineral adsorbents assets from BASF Corporation. The transaction includes a Jackson, MS production site, a clay mine in Aberdeen, MS, and the mineral rights associated with a mine located in the Navajo Nation near Sanders, Arizona. Approximately 70 employees will be joining the newly-established EP Engineered Clays Corporation.

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Topics: Company News

#1 Oil Absorbent EP Minerals' Floor Dry Cleans Up at Daytona

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 29, 2017 8:32:50 AM

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Larry4.jpg EP Minerals' Global Technical Services Director Larry Galberd and his team use EP Minerals' Floor-Dry Absorbent to clean up fuel spills at the racetrack

It's time to check in on our resident racecar driver, Larry Galberd! EP Minerals' Floor-Dry, the #1 absorbent for the racetrack, is one of Larry's sponsors. 

If you'll recall from a previous blog post,  EP Minerals’ Global Technical Services Director Larry Galberd leads a double life. By day, Larry could be anywhere in the world helping our diatomaceous earth or perlite filtration customers optimize their filtration processes and solve problems. By night and on weekends (and any other chance he gets) Larry is driving hell bent for leather at 140 mph for his Blew-By-You race car team in the ChumpCar Racing Series. Larry and his team are “sponsored” (I use that term loosely) by EP Minerals’ Floor-Dry absorbent, the #1 automobile oil spill cleanup product that can be found at all the major auto supply stores today.

Go Larry! And keep promoting our #1 absorbent at the racetrack - Floor-Dry!

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Topics: absorbents

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

Larry.pngLarry Galberd, Global director of technical service for EP Minerals

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