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Huber Optimizes kaolin Operations in Georgia
Thursday August 10, 1:00 pm ET

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2006--Huber Engineered Materials, part of J.M. Huber Corporation, faced with continued pressure from costs and competitive alternatives to Georgia kaolin in the paper market, today announced a re-structuring initiative for its Georgia-based kaolin operations.

Specifically, Huber will transition certain product lines during the next six to nine months from its Macon facility to its Sandersville facility. At the same time, Huber will eliminate certain product lines that have not achieved levels of profitability that support continued investment.

The re-structuring is expected to affect approximately 15 to 25 percent of the positions at the Macon facility and impact up to 40 percent of plant capacity. The reduction in capacity will primarily impact paper grade output, although, the transfer of some production to Sandersville will partially offset this effect.

"The objective of the re-structuring effort is to maximize our cost competitiveness and permit us to better focus on our core products in the paper and industrial markets," said Gerry Collins, VP and General Manager of Huber's kaolin business unit. "The plan is to have a more profitable mix of products for our production facilities, positioning kaolin as a business that maximizes value to our customers and generates financial returns that justify the continued investment required by a long-term business."

About Huber Engineered Materials

Huber Engineered Materials develops engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, paper and consumer-based applications. Its inorganic science and product modification techniques have resulted in advancing the art in specialty silica and silicates, alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, kaolin clay, barium sulfate and natural calcium carbonate.

Source: Huber Engineered Materials

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