BROOKHAVEN — Smaller towns in Mississippi are sometimes at a disadvantage attracting new industrial developments. But a combination of being located close to major customers and near natural resources needed for the product have landed Brookhaven a $20-million precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant.
Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI) now employs 15 people at its Brookhaven Specialty Minerals facility used to produce specialty PCC. The plant opened in late September 2000. The Brookhaven plant will produce between 50,000 to 70,000 tons of specialty PCC per year.
Rick Honey, MTI’s director of corporate communications, said most of the PCC produced by the company is sold to paper mills. But the specialty PCC being produced at Brookhaven Specialty Minerals is for manufacturers of automotive and construction sealants, antacids, food and nutritional supplements, and vinyl siding and rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounders.
Brookhaven was selected as the site for the manufacturing facility because it is located near a natural dome of carbon dioxide, which is the primary raw materials used to produce PCC.
Brookhaven is also close to the vinyl siding and PVC compounder customers who purchase PCC.
MTI is the world’s largest supplier of PCC to paper industries.