Maxville, FL, July 7, 2010
DuPont Dedicates Florida Plant Extension Project
DuPont hosted a dedication ceremony today to celebrate the extension of the Maxville, Fla., plant. The plant mines titanium ore and specialty minerals using a dredge and wet-mill process. Extending the mine to 1,900 recently acquired acres of land will allow operations to continue through at least 2017 and preserve 200 local jobs. The extension is projected to contribute more than $300 million to the economy of Northeast Florida in the form of wages, property taxes and goods and services purchases.
Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp was among the speakers for the dedication ceremony.
"We are not only grateful for the jobs and economic impact that DuPont's project brings to Florida ─ we also appreciate DuPont's efforts to protect our environment," said Lt. Governor Kottkamp
The Lt. Governor was joined by local elected officials and community leaders, as well as a large number of DuPont and contractor employees. DuPont officials also spoke at the event.
“This is a great day in the history of the DuPont Florida Plant. This extension of operations is only possible because of the hard work and dedication of our employees, coupled with the support of our community,” said Dave Podmeyer, DuPont Florida plant manager. “Northeast Florida is a great place to do business, and we look forward to many productive years ahead.”
Since 1949, the DuPont Florida Plant has extracted heavy minerals along the Trail Ridge ore body. Current mining and mineral separation operations are active in Baker, Bradford and Clay counties. The site generates over $50 million of economic impact annually and employs more than 200 Florida residents. The site produces titanium ore as well as specialty minerals used in the aerospace, defense and construction industry.
The DuPont Florida Mine is regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Mines and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. All land mined is reclaimed, generally within one to two years. Wetlands are replaced acre for acre, and the topography and hydrology of the land is reconstructed to exacting standards. For more information visit http://florida.dupont.com.
DuPont (www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.