SIM operations

Stuart Forrester, president of SIM, explains the mineral separation process at the company’s sand filtration plant in Offerman.                             –Times file photo

It’s business as usual at Southern Ionics Minerals (SIM) in Offerman this week.

SIM announced Friday, August 2, that Chemours Company had purchased the mineral processing facility from Southern Ionics, Inc., but the change in ownership doesn’t appear to have affected SIM’s operations at the local sand filtration plant.

Stuart Forrester, former president of SIM, will remain at the helm as operations director responsible for Chemours’ Georgia operations. No changes to the company’s branding are planned.

“SIM is an established and recognized brand in Georgia and we will maintain our name and will operate proudly as a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Chemours Company,” Forrester says. “In coming months it will be fully integrated into Chemours, operating with the same values and safety culture that is foundational to both companies. Chemours will support the company as SIM continues to grow.”

A mining expansion into Wayne County, announced last Fall, is still scheduled, too. That expansion was to include the hire of at least 100 additional employees across the region.

“The announced Wayne County project remains on track. This acquisition should have little impact on the development of the Jesup mine,” Forrester says. “The permits and operations strategy remains the same, with an emphasis on hiring employees and contractors locally, wherever possible. Both Chemours and SIM personnel will continue to develop the mine as previously shared.”

Plans to increase the capacity of Offerman’s Mineral Separation Plant to process mineral concentrates from both the Jesup and Mission mines are reportedly still on track as well.