Fort Worth Manufacturing Company CR Minerals Announces Colorado Expansion

The expansion is expected to more than triple the production output of the facility. Over the next three years, CR Minerals plans to invest over $11 million and add eight jobs to its existing staff.

CR Minerals, a Fort Worth-headquartered manufacturer of pumice products and construction materials, has announced the expansion of its operations in Pueblo, Colorado. The company plans to invest over $11 million and add eight more jobs to its existing staff over the next three years.

Jeff Whidden

CR Minerals President Jeffrey Whidden said in a statement his team is “very excited about the expansion of our plant in Pueblo,” which has received $160,000 in funding through the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation to further the city’s economic development.

This expansion is predicted to more than triple the production output of the facility, which will ramp up CR Minerals’ ability to serve its customers in future years, according to a statement.

While CR Minerals has ties throughout the Southwest region of the United States, Whidden explains the deep, industrial history and promising future of the company with the North Texas community. 

“CR Minerals is owned by iMin Partners, which has been based in Fort Worth since the late 1990s,” Whidden told Dallas Innovates. “Our Fort Worth office primarily houses some of our back-office functions. As we are starting to grow more in plans for other locations including more in Texas, we will further consolidate back office functions and management personnel within the metroplex.”

 

Although many businesses have had to make major changes due to the health and social environment of 2020, CR Minerals’ operations have remained largely unaffected in the past three months.

“As an essential business serving the construction industry and water filtration industry, our plant operations have changed very little during the pandemic with the exception of adding extra precautions for our employees and security at our facilities,” Whidden says. “Our office-based employees and those that travel, based here in Texas, have moved to home officing in line with government mandates and recommendations.”

CR Minerals’ New Mexico plant. [Photo courtesy CR Minerals]

CR Minerals strives for the betterment of construction, oil, and gas industries through the seven patents the company holds associated with its fly ash—a fine powder byproduct from burning pulverized coal in electric generation power plants—remediation tech and has hopes to continue adding to its portfolio, according to Whidden.

“The continued growth of our business and declining availability of high-quality fly ash for our customers are the driving forces behind our decision,” he says. “Expanding the plant at this time, even in these uncertain economic conditions, will enable us to serve our customers uninterrupted for years to come.”

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