Gov. Deal welcomes PyraMax Ceramics to Georgia

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:13 PM
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ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal offered an official welcome Wednesday to a Texas-based start-up that has begun construction of a $140 million factory in Wrens, Ga.

The company, PyraMax Ceramics LLC, expects to hire 60 to 70 full-time workers by next year, when production cranks up. The factory will produce tiny ceramic pellets from the company’s nearby kaolin mine. The pellets are used in fracking, a drilling technique used to extract oil and gas from shale deposits in other states. The pellets prevent the layers of rock from compressing and trapping the oil and gas.

“We believe that our state is uniquely equipped to be a good place for you to do business. Our state is, of course, rich in kaolin soil,” Deal said. “Jefferson County is going to provide you with natural resources, a workforce and a business climate that your company needs.”

The governor expressed his pleasure that the company would give Georgia a growing presence in domestic energy production.

“Certainly as gas prices continue to soar, we’re glad that Georgia can have a part in trying to address that problem,” he said.

PyraMax will be a big energy user itself, and Deal’s success in winning passage in the General Assembly of a sales-tax exemption on the energy used in manufacturing will save the company
$1 mil­lion yearly. Work on already had begun on the Wrens plant when the tax legislation passed this week.

The firm also bought a mine in South Carolina and considered building the plant there.

The responsiveness of Georgia and Jefferson County officials tipped the balance in favor of the Peach State, according to PyraMax President Don Anschutz.

State industrial recruiters guided the company through the environmental permit process in about six months, a pace that impressed An­schutz. The recruiters also helped line up natural gas and electricity contracts.

“Georgia is very competitive but also very helpful,” he said.

Jefferson County Commis­sion Chairman Wil­liam Rabun told the governor win­ning PyraMax proved how local governments, area legislators and state officials can come together to recruit a major employer.

“Now that Georgia knows that Jefferson County can make something happen, we look forward to future opportunities to work with other new industries like PyraMax Ceramics that the state of Georgia brings,” he said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/28/12 - 12:22 pm
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The Obama Regime EPA Director

The Obama Regime EPA Director is opposed to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas wells (which is what these ceramic proppants are used for). If Obama loses the election, this company may thrive for many years. If Obama wins, this company will shrivel and their brand new factory will sit vacant and desolate in the fields of Jefferson County.

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faithson 03/28/12 - 01:48 pm
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should fracking be found

should fracking be found (scientifically, oh no here we go) to be a detremint in certain formations, whats up, DO IT ANYWAY cause Jefferson County needs an extra 60 jobs... ALL fracking should be done within SOME government regulatory guidelines, period. Let them haul that filthy water by the truck load through your community and by your house to get a feel for some of the acrimony.

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 03/29/12 - 08:20 am
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Not sure what you two mean by

Not sure what you two mean by your comments but it sure sounds like a good thing to me. The natural resources in Wrens will aid in much needed jobs and and the clay is pretty harmless. Any by-products should not cause problems.

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