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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

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

BASF to sell its Bleaching Clay, Mineral Adsorbents Business to EP Minerals

Posted by Julie Brown

Apr 7, 2017 9:11:07 AM

 

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BASF announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell its Bleaching Clay and Mineral Adsorbents businesses to EP Minerals, a worldwide leader in industrial minerals. The transaction includes a production site and clay mining property in Mississippi, and mineral rights sublease associated with a mine in Arizona.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to acquire the Bleaching Clay and Mineral Adsorbents business from BASF,” said EP Minerals President and CEO Gregg Jones. “It’s a strategic move to strengthen our portfolio of industrial minerals and position EP Minerals for future growth and innovation.”

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Topics: Company News

Diatomaceous earth filtration vs. membrane filters for brewing

Posted by Julie Brown

Mar 30, 2017 8:36:01 AM

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Today there's a lot of talk about beer filter systems and the pros and cons of using diatomaceous earth (DE) versus membrane filter systems. As a DE producer, we're very pro-DE, no surprise, but the FAQs below tell the story of why.

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Topics: Filtration

Is company culture important? EP Minerals answers the question

Posted by Julie McGuire

Mar 20, 2017 7:33:39 AM

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What’s the most important thing to employees? More than likely you said compensation. Well, that’s not the most important thing anymore. In a recent Gallup survey, 95% of employees said that having an engaging company culture was more important than compensation. And, with employees younger than 30 years old, the number was even higher. The Gallup survey also stated that “disengaged” workforces cost companies more than $450 billion every year. Bottom line: Building an engaging culture is critical to the success of any company.

So, how can you create an engaging culture at work?

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Topics: EP Way

EP Minerals Launches CelaPool Low Dust Diatomaceous Earth Swim Pool Filter Powder

Posted by Julie Brown

Mar 7, 2017 1:52:57 PM

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Picture this. A hot, sunny day. A perfectly clear swimming pool. A drink with an umbrella in your hand. Does it get any better than that? Well, maybe it does.

We've known for decades that diatomaceous earth (DE) swim pool filter powder produces the clearest, sparkling clean pools. But that powdery DE has also been known for being messy and hard to handle. That can put a damper on pool care. Who wants to clean up powdery white stuff around your beautiful swimming pool? Well, we took that problem to heart, and guess what? Problem solved! Our R&D team put on their super smart innovation hats and, voila - EP Minerals now has a patent-pending LOW DUST diatomaceous earth filter powder - CelaPool!

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Topics: swim pool

EP Minerals Gives Back with Infield Conditioner Donations

Posted by Julie Brown

Mar 3, 2017 10:39:00 AM

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At EP Minerals, we all embrace our EP Gives Back community giving program. We’re committed to helping families in need and especially kids, in the communities where we operate our offices, plants and mines – all around the world.

We also provide product donations in our local communities. We’ve donated kitty litter to our local shelters like the SPCA in Northern Nevada and absorbents to help with flooding issues like the West Virginia Flood Disaster Relief, as well as to many other organizations. But this time of year, it’s all about baseball, softball and donating infield conditioner!

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Topics: Sports Field and Landscaping

EP Minerals' Floor-Dry is #1 Absorbent At the Racetrack

Posted by Julie Brown

Feb 23, 2017 1:24:06 PM

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With the Daytona 500 this weekend and NASCAR fever heating up, 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 EP Minerals’ 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