CARBO Ceramics Constructs New Plant in GeorgiaHaving received its air quality permit from the State of Georgia, CARBO should commence construction on the first production line by the end of 2012 and operations could begin near the end of 2013. Initial staffing for the plant should create 70 new jobs in Jenkins County. The project will bring up to 300 construction jobs to the area during assembly of the plant. The manufacturing plant will be situated on 450 acres and conveniently located for product distribution by truck or rail. In addition to the distribution flexibility, the site has the ability to expand to four production lines. Ceramic proppant is used in hydraulic fracturing to make oil and gas wells produce better and recover more oil and gas. CARBO has invested more than USD 350 million and employs more than 200 people in Georgia. CARBO opened its first manufacturing plant in McIntyre, GA in 1998, followed in 2005 by another manufacturing plant in Toomsboro, GA. All CARBO manufacturing plants are built for safety with strict quality control standards and are ISO 9001:2000 certified. The Toomsboro plant earned the Georgia Mining Association "President's Award" for safety in 2011. CARBO is the world's largest supplier of ceramic proppant for fracturing oil and gas wells and a major supplier of resin-coated sand proppant; the provider of the industry's most widely used fracture simulation software; and a provider of fracture design and consulting services. The company also provides a broad range of technologies for spill prevention, containment and countermeasures, along with geotechnical monitoring (5/2012).