Borate processing lead times to diminish
Economy down? Sales lagging? Not for Rose Mill Company, the leading independent producer of borate powders in North America. Rose Mill saw a sharp increase in business for boric acid, borax, and boric oxide powders in 2010. The ISO 9000:2008 certified company produces millions of pounds of borate powders each year, and will soon be able to produce millions more.
"We simply needed to invest to keep up with demand" states Jay Stolfi, President of Rose Mill, "so we purchased pulverizing, dust collecting, and material handling equipment that will virtually double our daily capacity." Equipment is expected to be installed and operating in January 2011.
Borate powders were once a very small part of the overall borate market, but have grown in recent years. As manufacturers become more sophisticated, so has their demand for quality raw materials. Powders often perform better than run-of-the-mill granular products. "Our customers tell us that the smaller and more consistent particles offer quicker and more complete formulating results, which either lowers their production costs, speeds up their processing, or both" notes Stolfi. "We have developed a process which reduces particle size while imparting a minimum amount of energy" explains Stolfi, adding "this results in less heat during processing. Our powders are loose and free flowing, so our customers get the full benefit of the reduced particle size."
Rose Mill's ISO 9000:2008 processes ensure that powders are consistent from batch-to-batch. Stolfi explains that "powders sold by the mining companies are usually screenings. They are collected as a by-product of another process,thereforeparticle size can vary widely from batch-to-batch." If not screenings, then other powders may be produced overseas. "Borate powders attract moisture, so whatever has been produced far away and long ago will not likely be free-flowing by the time it gets to the customer's processing equipment."
Rose Mill produces borate powders daily. Boric acid, borax, and boric oxide are stocked in large volumes, and specialty grades are available. In addition to powder processing, Rose Mill offers custom packaging, mixing, and screening of borates and other similar products.
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Rose Mill Company
100 Brook Street
West Hartford, CT 06110 USA