The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company with market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials, announced it has begun commissioning its newest mineral sand mine, Trail Ridge South in Florida. The new mining operation represents a $93 million investment that will create approximately 50 new jobs in the three-county area.

Commissioning work to test operational aspects of the new mine has begun, with startup anticipated later this year. Expansion of its mining operations will allow Chemours—the only domestic producer of titanium and zirconium minerals and one of only two domestic producers of rare earth minerals—to have additional access to these high-quality concentrated deposits used to produce Chemours’ Ti-PureTM brand of titanium dioxide (TiO2).

The facility will be incorporating Mobile Mining Units (MMUs) that address environmental concerns with traditional dredge mining. The MMUs allow the site to have much lower emissions, reduced dust levels, and improved safety by removing conventional hauling trucks. In addition, the Trail Ridge South facility will recycle 98% of its water used in the manufacturing process—providing sustainable solutions while still meeting the company’s commitment to process minerals. Trail Ridge South process water and water treatment ponds are all constructed above ground, with approximately 39 million gallons of storage capacity.

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