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Japan-Based Calgon Carbon Plans Bloomfield, New Mexico, Operations

Japan-based Calgon Carbon Corporation, a manufacturer of granular activated carbon, plans to establish operations centers in Bloomfield, New Mexico. The $94 million project is expected to create 16 jobs.

The company acquired Benchmark Tank and Bloomfield Machine and Welding and will make the Bloomfield facility at 326 N. Bergin Lane the primary manufacturer of activated carbon vessels supporting customers in the Western and Southwestern U.S.

“The State assistance through LEDA and JTIP will help Calgon Carbon leverage this talented New Mexico workforce as we expand our manufacturing to help our customers in the Southwest meet their critical water quality and safety needs,” said Steve Schott, Calgon Carbon’s president and chief executive officer.

The State has pledged $150,000 from its Local Economic Development (LEDA) job-creation fund to assist in the expansion. Calgon is also set to benefit from the State’s Job Training Incentive Program which reimburses companies for a portion of job training as well as other incentives for hiring high-wage workers.

“This investment will expand a skilled workforce and increase wages in a part of the state that has seen a lot of job displacement,” Acting EDD Cabinet Secretary Mark Roper, noted. “It also puts Bloomfield at the center of a future-driven technology that helps diversify New Mexico’s economy.”

Headquartered in Pennsylvania with a parent company in Tokyo, Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest manufacturer of granular activated carbon, which can be processed into a highly porous material with an enormous surface area, capable of absorbing a wide range of contaminants, including PFAS. The carbon plays a crucial role in purifying drinking water, treating industrial wastewater, reducing emissions from power plants, and even improving the quality of pharmaceutical products.

“This is an important project for Northwest New Mexico because it shows we can grow and diversify our economy and still invest in our existing workers,” Scott Bird, interim executive director at 4Corners Economic Development LLC, added. “We look forward to working with Calgon Carbon to meet their business needs so they can find success in the Four Corners Region of New Mexico.”

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