Press Release

Calgon Carbon Announces Opening of North Tonawanda, NY, Plant

PITTSBURGH, PA  –  06/03/2014

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) today announces the opening of its North Tonawanda, NY, plant. The facility will recycle or “reactivate” granular activated carbon (GAC), which is used in drinking water applications.

Customers, company officials and civic leaders were on hand for the June 3 ribbon cutting ceremony at the 12,500-sq. ft. building. The refurbished facility houses a dry feed system, screening tower, reactivation furnace, storage tanks, and packaging system.

“We are proud to work with Calgon Carbon on taking an existing asset and putting it to better use,” said the Honorable Robert Ortt, Mayor of North Tonawanda.

Calgon Carbon leased what was once a wastewater reactivation facility. In 2010, plans began to upgrade the facility to handle outside material used only for potable reactivation. Calgon Carbon is also leasing a 160,000-sq. ft. warehouse, located at 437 Bryant St., North Tonawanda to house production material. The plant became operational in March 2014, and currently employs 16 people at both the plant and warehouse.

The NSF-Certified operation will service customers east of the Mississippi.

The GAC products from the North Tonawanda plant help protect public drinking water against multiple threats. These threats include disinfection by-products and various organic contaminants, including contaminants of emerging concern, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products that find their way into the drinking water supply.

The facility was designed to provide “custom” reactivation of GAC. Custom reactivation means GAC used by one customer is processed separately from the GAC of all other customers and subsequently returned to the originating customer. By choosing reactivation, customers avoid the need for more costly landfill or incineration options.

During the reactivation process, organic compounds that have been captured by GAC are destroyed by being subjected to high temperatures that, at the same time, restore the GAC to a usable state. This results in a cost savings for the customer over the use of virgin carbon. The reactivation/recycling process is also better for the environment, with a reduced CO2 footprint as compared to the manufacture of virgin activated carbon.
The custom reactivation process employed at the plant reduces both the cost of using virgin GAC, and also the carbon footprint associated with GAC utilization. To further advance its environmental sustainability practices, all of the packaging materials at the plant are recycled, and energy efficient lighting was also installed.

North Tonawanda joins the company’s other GAC reactivation facilities across the country, including  Columbus, OH, and Gila Bend, AZ. Calgon Carbon recently received the 2014 Excellence in Sustainability Award for its Gila Bend plant from the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC).

For more information about Calgon Carbon’s leading activated carbon and ultraviolet technology solutions for municipalities and industries, or to view the entire Sustainability Report, visit

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Pure Water.  Clean Air.  Better World.
Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) is a global leader in innovative solutions, high quality products and reliable services designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air.  As a leading manufacturer of activated carbon, with broad capabilities in ultraviolet light disinfection, the Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest producer of granular activated carbon and supplies a variety of activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – for a range of distinct more than 700 distinct applications.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon Corporation employs approximately 1,100 people at more than 15 manufacturing, reactivation, and equipment facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron Carbon.  The company also has more than 27 sales and service centers throughout the world. This news release contains historical information and forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements typically contain words such as “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” or similar words indicating that future outcomes are uncertain. Statements looking forward in time, including statements regarding future growth and profitability, price increases, cost savings, broader product lines, enhanced competitive posture and acquisitions, are included in the company’s most recent Annual Report pursuant to the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the company’s actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested herein. Further, the company operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the company’s control. Some of the factors that could affect future performance of the company are higher energy and raw material costs, costs of imports and related tariffs, labor relations, availability of capital and environmental requirements as they relate both to our operations and to our customers, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, borrowing restrictions, validity of patents and other intellectual property, and pension costs. In the context of the forward-looking information provided in this news release, please refer to the discussions of risk factors.

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