KINGWOOD, TX – NOVEMBER 14, 2013 – Rain CII Carbon LLC, an industrial carbon and chemical company based in Kingwood, Texas, has announced the closing of its calcining operation in Moundsville, West Virginia. The plant will suspend operations in early January 2014. Rain CII will retain the capability to serve customers from Moundsville by continuing operation of the dock and storage facilities located at the site.
Located on the Ohio River, the Moundsville operation was commissioned in 1957 and since then has served industry with carbon products necessary for the production of aluminum, steel, and titanium dioxide. The operation features two kilns for processing petroleum coke, a barge dock, and a laboratory. The plant employs approximately 30 workers and has an annual production capacity of 420,000 tons. According to Gerry Sweeney, President and CEO, “This closure is brought on by the impact of new and more stringent regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These regulatory challenges would require a level of investment exceeding $50 million on a plant that has been operating at less than 50% capacity since 2008, which is not economically feasible. We regret this unfortunate result, and will consolidate production into plants in Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi, to continue to serve our customer base with the same high quality carbon products.”
About Rain CII
Rain CII is engaged in the businesses of production and sale of calcined petroleum coke (CPC) and the co-generation of energy (steam and electricity) through heat recovery. Rain Group, which includes Rain CII, is the world’s second largest producer of CPC, with nine production sites in the United States, India, and China. Since 1988, Rain CII has been serving the needs of aluminum smelters around the world by providing a high-quality CPC, an essential requirement for the manufacture of aluminum. For further information, please visit www.raincii.com.