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Pittsburgh, PA-based Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC - Analyst Report) has inaugurated the new carbon custom reactivation facility in Gila Bend, AZ. Calgon Carbon will be reactivating (recycling) carbon used by water treatment facilities in the plant to serve clean, purified and safe drinking water to the surrounding regions of Gila Bend, including the greater Phoenix area and throughout the Southwest.

The attendees of the inauguration program at the Gila Bend facility included political officials, community members and employees of Calgon Carbon. The new facility creates 25 high-quality job opportunities for the state of Arizona and is expected to increase to 62 jobs over a period of three years. This initiative will also help promote environmental responsibility in the region.

The process of carbon reactivation is a kind of recycling where organic compounds that have been captured by granular activated carbon (GAC) are destroyed through high temperatures and simultaneously, the carbon is restored to an ustable state.

Carbon reactivation process is cost effective as it minimizes the cost of using GAC by roughly 40% and reduces the carbon footprint associated with the utilization of GAC by almost 80%. The location of the facility is another advantage as it will allow the same carbon to be reused efficiently while saving time and transportation costs.

The Gila Bend facility will promote environmental responsibility in the region by introducing Calgon Carbon’s waste heat initiative, an eco-friendly method that captures and reuses waste heat to reactivate carbon by saving energy. In addition, the facility is fully equipped with LED lights, variable-speed and high-efficiency motors for power process equipments in order to maintain its eco-friendly design.

The innovative carbon reactivation process installed by Calgon Carbon positions it as a pioneer in the industry, making it the first of its kind in a domestic plant.

Calgon Carbon currently retains a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Other pollution control companies that are worth considering include CECO Environmental Corp. (CECE - Snapshot Report), Fuel-Tech, Inc. (FTEK - Snapshot Report) and Industrial Services of America, Inc. . All of them carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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