Rockwood president excited about upcoming Augusta facility

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 1:49 PM
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Rockwood Color and Pigment Services announced plans to construct a new facility in Augusta earlier this month, but the company had its first appearance in the community Tuesday at a lunch held by the Augusta Economic Development Authority.

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Andrew Ross, the president of Rockwood Performance Additives, met with local business leaders Tuesday. The company's synthetic iron oxide pigment plant is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Andrew Ross, the president of Rockwood Performance Additives, met with local business leaders Tuesday. The company's synthetic iron oxide pigment plant is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013.

“We are delighted to welcome Rockwood as an example of expansion in a tough economy,” said Henry Ingram, the chairman of the EDA.

Andrew Ross, the president of Rockwood Performance Additives, said this will be the first new iron oxide pigment production plant built in the U.S. in nearly 35 years. Rockwood has grown by acquisition, Ross said, and this is one of the first steps in “organic” expansion for the company.

“In Rockwood terms, this is a first,” he said. “We’re trying to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., and I think that’s a theme that doesn’t get enough playtime.”

The plant is expected to bring 80-100 jobs to the Augusta area, and Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver thanked Ross and Rockwood for what those jobs will mean to the community.

“Thank you for your belief in our local community, and for believing in the strength of our local workforce,” Copenhaver said.

The facility will be located at Doug Barnard Parkway and Dixon Airline Road. Plans are still being finalized, so the exact size of the buildings are not known. The plant will take about 18 months to build and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013.

Rockwood plans to close its St. Louis manufacturing facility and parts of its Beltsville, Md., operation when Augusta opens. The plant will produce synthetic iron oxide pigments used in construction, coatings and plastics.

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tia31
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tia31 12/20/11 - 03:57 pm
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Bringing manufacturing jobs

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States!!!!! Absolutely awesome addition to Augusta. Welcome to Richmond County Rockwood!!!

georgiajayhawk
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georgiajayhawk 12/20/11 - 04:13 pm
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Good job, Rockwood. And

Good job, Rockwood. And welcome. Always glad to see manufacturing jobs being created in Augusta and the USA.

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 12/20/11 - 04:21 pm
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Read the fine print. Some

Read the fine print. Some folks in Md and Mo will lose their jobs due to this. This is a shuffle not a creation.

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Riverman1 12/20/11 - 04:21 pm
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Just don't be dumping any of

Just don't be dumping any of your wastes in the river.

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countyman 12/20/11 - 06:00 pm
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I don't believe anybody is

I don't believe anybody is being laid off at the MD location.. The plant in MO is closing(losing 55 employees), and a couple of the employees will betransfered to Augusta in the future..

tia31
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tia31 12/20/11 - 08:26 pm
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Riverman your evidently your

Riverman your evidently your not educated on the issues of which you spout so contentiously and it's painfully obvious to everyone, but you . They are not dumping anything and are creating manufacturing jobs in the united states instead of china, Mexico etc. What type of job creation would please you? I and im guessing everyone here would like to know. You ridicule every manufacturing, customer service center and every other form of job creation in Richmond county. I guess Augusta needs
More Applebee's and convenience store jobs. That seems to be the only job creation you don't object too!!!

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 12/20/11 - 08:42 pm
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So theres 53 people facing

So theres 53 people facing unemployment. Im glad RC is gaining jobs but when other Americans are put out the door its a shame. Why is this company so eager for a move to RC? Lower wagws? Lax enviormental rules? Whats the attraction?

tia31
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tia31 12/20/11 - 08:52 pm
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Why does anyone relocate

Why does anyone relocate anywhere walrus? The prime factors are Workforce, location, weather concerns, interstate access, port access and market. Where are their suppliers, customers, etc located. its not to hard to understand if you give it a little thought.

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Riverman1 12/20/11 - 09:18 pm
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Tia31 said, "Riverman your

Tia31 said, "Riverman your evidently your not educated on the issues of which you spout so contentiously and it's painfully obvious to everyone, but you."

Well, hello, Tia, glad to see you posting again. That's "you're," not "your," by the way. The last time we did battle you were telling me about the Development Authority of Richmond County bravely volunteering to represent Augusta with a two week trip to Europe. To hear you tell it, the Augustans bounced around in a van crossing the Alps, fighing off hordes of Germanic tribes while the they dismantled one German factory after another like they were the Soviets in post WWII and shipped them back to Augusta.

But back to Rockwood. Is this the same company? Rockwood Pigments? The one that was called a major Easton, PA polluter? Do a Google for that and notice the picture with the red dust so prevalent. I wouldn't want to be next door to them. I hope that's not what we are getting here.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/11 - 09:27 pm
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Tia31, actually you have me

Tia31, actually you have me confused with a conglomerate of many other posters who have ridiculed some of the entities that have come to Augusta. I have never criticized manufacturing facilities or customer service centers. I know some have said call centers are low paying jobs, but to me any job is a good thing and a start for many people.

As far as Rockwood, I simply made a statement that they better not pollute the river. I did a search and came up with the above negative info. Maybe you can offer more info or have the complany clarify how this is going to be different from their Easton, PA facility with its problems. If it's putting out that red dust into the surrounding land and water, we don't need them.

allhans
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allhans 12/21/11 - 12:23 am
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Hey.We look out for our own

Hey.We look out for our own families - then we worry about others.

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