From The Tennessean, published Jan. 2, 2014:
Zinc Oxide LLC, a Texas-based zinc oxide manufacturer, is opening a facility in Dickson with a $25 million investment that could create at least 55 new jobs in the county.
At the Dickson facility, which is the former Wabash Alloys building, the company will produce zinc oxide, a widely used additive in numerous materials and product types, including rubber, tires, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and electronics.
Zinc Oxide officials said the move was spurred after the closure this year of a large zinc oxide manufacturing facility owned by Horsehead Corp. in Monaca, Pa.
Ed Smith, Zinc Oxide senior vice president of sales and marketing, told attendees of an international rubber convention in October that his company hopes to fill some of that void.
“This is a unique time in the industry, because supplier changes have created an opportunity for a new company to fill a gap in the market for the need for zinc oxide,” said Smith in a news release. “The location of the (Dickson) plant is especially noteworthy, because its central location will significantly reduce shipping costs for most consumers of zinc oxide.”