As part of North American Minerals Days Imerys Ceramics held an Open House and BBQ at their Ball Clay facility in Gleason Tennessee. From 10 to 5, Imerys took close to 200 members of their community on tours of their operations; sharing who they are, what they do, what Ball Clay is and what it is used for. Amongst attendees at the event were Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt, President of the Tennessee Mining Association, Chuck Laine, Representative Stephen Fincher's Field Representative Heather Waggoner, and other local leaders of the area. In addition to attending the event, State Rep. Holt issued and presented a proclamation recognizing the important role Imerys plays in the lives of Tennesseans and the economy of the state. The day's activities exemplify the goals of North American Minerals Days. Imerys was able to engage with a variety of members of their community, increasing both understanding and appreciation for the hard work they do at their facility. Industrial Minerals play such a crucial role in our lives the more aware individuals are of the industry the better our global community will understand the importance of continuing to produce industrial minerals safely and responsibly. We will be continuing to update the site with information on North American Minerals Days, including posting photos from Imerys's event. IMA-NA congratulates Imerys for hosting a such a successful event for the first North American Minerals Days.
As a testament to the level of community interest in Imerys's Open House in Gleason, the local paper covered the event and put it on the front page. The story outlines what Ball Clay is as well as Imerys's interest in sustainability and safety. The piece can be read here and is a stellar example of the positive outcomes from opening facilities and educating your communities about the work you do.
You can read Rep. Holt's proclamation by opening the attachment.