The Alkaline Paper Advocate

Volume 09, Number 3
Oct 1996

PCC Plants Built & Operated by Minerals Technologies Inc.

In 1990, Pfizer Specialty Minerals had only 14 PCC (precipitated calcium carbonate) plants. Now Specialty Minerals is a wholly owned subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI), a spinoff from Pfizer about three years ago. The press releases used to say that Specialty Minerals was building the PCC plants, but now they usually say that MTI is building them. The main thing to keep straight is that there has been continuity of activity and policies. The plants are built and operated by MTI on land leased from the mills. They can make different kinds, shapes and sizes of calcium carbonate for fillers and coatings, even acid-tolerant PCC for acid systems.

MTI sells other mineral products, including ground calcium carbonate, and about 13 other companies also sell CaCO3 of one sort or another. Some of them build PCC plants too. But only MTI sends a steady stream of informative press releases and reports to this newsletter's office. The following list was taken from a page in an annual report, and reflects the situation as of December 31, 1995.

Location Customer
Alabama - Mobile

- Selma

International Paper

International Paper

Arkansas - Ashdown Georgia-Pacific
California - Anderson Simpson Paper
Kentucky - Wickliffe Westvaco
Louisiana - Port Hudson Georgia-Pacific
Michigan - Plainwell

- Quinnesec

Simpson Plainwell


Minnesota - Cloquet

- International Falls


Boise Cascade

New York - Oswego

- Ticonderoga

International Paper

International Paper

North Carolina - Plymouth Weyerhaeuser
Ohio - Chillicothe

- West Carrollton



Pennsylvania - Erie

- Lock Haven

International Paper

International Paper

South Carolina - Eastover Union Camp
Tennessee - Kingsport Mead
Texas - Pasadena Simpson Pasadena
Virginia - Franklin UnionCamp
Washington - Camas

- Longview

- Wallula

James River


Boise Cascade

Wisconsin - Kimberly

- Park Falls

- Wisconsin Rapids

Repap Wisconsin

Cross Pointe (now Fraser)


Outside the U.S.:

Canada - Cornwall, Ont.

- Dryden, Ont.

- St. Jerôme, Que.

- Windsor, Que.





Finland - Äänikoski2

- Lappeenranta1,2

- Tervakoski2

Metsä-Serla Group

Enzo-Gutzeit Group

Enzo-Gutzeit Group

France - Saillat SurVienne Aussedat Rey
Mexico - Chihuahua Corporativo Copamex
Poland - Kwidzyn International Paper
Portugal - Figueira da Foz Soporcel

1This PCC plant is not located on-site at the paper mill.
2These plants are owned by a majority owned joint venture.

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