Cabinet for Economic Development
Governor Beshear Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Calgon Carbon Corporation in Boyd County

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 14, 2011  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

Company recently invested more than $40 million, added 35 new jobs as part of expansion at Big Sandy plant

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (March 14, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today joined community leaders and Calgon Carbon Corporation officials in Catlettsburg to celebrate 50 years of operation at the company’s Big Sandy Plant. The plant recently completed a more than $40 million investment to upgrade and restart idle manufacturing capacity, as well as install and begin production for a new line of products.  The expansion created 35 new jobs, bringing current employment to 196. 

“I’m pleased to help celebrate this significant milestone with Calgon Carbon, commemorating 50 years of business in Catlettsburg,” said Gov. Beshear. “Calgon Carbon has been a long-time corporate citizen, providing good-paying jobs for the citizens of Boyd and surrounding counties.  I look forward to working with the company as it continues to grow and prosper in the Commonwealth.”

Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest manufacturer of granular activated carbon with production and operations in North America, Europe and Asia.  The company currently offers carbon technologies used in more than 700 distinct market applications from purifying air and drinking water, to purifying foods and pharmaceuticals, to separating gas and removing mercury emissions from coal-powered electrical facilities.

 “The Commonwealth of Kentucky and its workforce have played a major role in our success over the past 50 years,” said John Stanik, president and CEO of Calgon Carbon Corporation. “The recent economic incentives approved by the state helped Calgon Carbon to upgrade and restart an idled production line at the Big Sandy plant, as well as add a new production process to manufacture a unique family of products.  We look forward to continuing this partnership, which has been so beneficial for our company, the region and the employees at the Big Sandy plant.” 

The Commonwealth partnered with Calgon Carbon to help make its recent expansion possible with the preliminary approval of state tax incentives up to $1.2 million through the former Kentucky Industrial Development Act. 

“Congratulations to Calgon on 50 years in Catlettsburg,” said Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins of Morehead.  “Calgon has been a good corporate citizen and provided valuable jobs for our area. I appreciate Governor Beshear taking the lead in recognizing Calgon and its employees for the company’s longevity in our community. I look forward to many more years of Calgon’s continued success.” 

“Calgon Carbon has been an important part of our community for 50 years, providing good jobs and careers for the people of our region,” said Rep. Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook.  “Calgon has been an outstanding corporate citizen and partner helping improve and expand economic development in the tri-state and surrounding areas.  We appreciate their commitment to our people, our economy and our future.” 

“Calgon Carbon has been a pioneer in the activated carbon products industry, offering technology and products that purify air and water,” said William “Bud” Stevens, Boyd County Judge Executive.  “We congratulate Calgon on all of their success and innovation, and join them in celebrating 50 years in Boyd County. Their recent $40 million modification and re-start of the Big Sandy Plant B-line reinforces their commitment to our area.” 

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