As published in Toledo Business Journal - May 1, 2015
Remuriate Technologies, a leading recycler of waste hydrochloric acid and supplier of synthetic iron oxide, is in the process of re-commissioning the currently idled Bailey Oxide plant in Delta.
Remuriate purchased the assets of Bailey Oxides on December 30, 2013. The company currently operates a facility located in Fairfield, Alabama, and anticipates the Delta facility will be back up and running in the first quarter of 2016.
“We bought it in December of 2013 and the plant is currently closed, but we are making improvements to the facility such as environmental improvements and also improvements to help our plant run more efficiently,” said Christina Crew, manager of sales and customer support. “During the time our Delta facility has been down, we have been focusing on improving the facility by repairing and cleaning up the site. We’re anticipating that we will be reopening in first quarter of 2016.”
“The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) is excited that Remuriate Technologies has acquired the Bailey Oxide plant near the Village of Delta,” said Matt Gilroy, executive director of the FCEDC. “The FCEDC is interested in supporting Remuriate in their proposed efforts to re-commission the site in the future. At this time, we are researching ways for the community to support the company.”
According to Crew, Paul Carus formed Remuriate in 2013 for the purpose of acquiring the assets of Bailey Oxides. Prior to founding Remuriate, Carus was COO, a director, and an owner of Carus Corporation, which manufactures and sells various inorganic chemicals, primarily chlorine and manganese and phosphate chemistries used in municipal water treatment plants.
There are currently two employees working at the Bailey Oxides site to help coordinate the ongoing improvements. The company anticipates hiring ten new employees once production begins.
“Environmental clean-up activities are approaching completion, as weather permits, we plan to have these issues closed in the second quarter of 2015,” said Crew. “The first phase of process improvements will be completed in the next two months. Remuriate plans two more phases of improvements before completing the re-commissioning. The plant will be restored to the original design, while incorporating the best capabilities of our plant located in Fairfield, Alabama.”
Remuriate is focused on the safe and environmentally responsible regeneration of acid solutions used to clean steel, and in the production of high quality iron oxides used as pigments and in the manufacture of hard and soft ferrite magnets, according to the company.
The acid in the pickling solutions is depleted as it removes rust from the surface of sheet steel, according to Crew. The acid depleted solution or spent pickling liquor is regenerated in a roasting process to reclaim the muriatic acid, thus the name “Remuriate”. During the process, high quality iron oxide is produced as the acid is regenerated.
The process can be adjusted in order to control the physical properties of the iron oxide produced. Remuriate further modifies the iron oxide by grinding and other techniques to make available a number of grades.
Remuriate’s customers are manufacturing facilities that produce magnets, ceramics, paints, plastics, cosmetics, fire retardant building materials, and foundry materials, as well as the steel mills themselves.
The company gained Bailey Oxide’s previous customers, primarily located in Ohio and the Midwest region, in addition to its physical assets in the purchase. Iron oxide and regenerated acid are both shipped out of the plant by truck.
Remuriate is currently using suppliers located in northwest Ohio and will continue using local suppliers when possible.