Calgon Carbon’s Gila Bend, AZ Plant Selected as Manufacturer of the Year, Awarded 2014 Excellence in Sustainability by the Arizona Manufacturers Council

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PITTSBURGH, PA – May 16, 2014 – Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC: NYSE) announced today it received the 2014 Excellence in Sustainability Award for its Gila Bend, AZ, plant from the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) during the AMC’s annual Manufacturer of the Year Summit & Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

The AMC recognizes those in the manufacturing industry that have advanced the state’s economy by producing superior products and providing high-quality jobs.

The newly constructed Gila Bend plant began operation in early 2013 and currently employs 14 people. The plant is Calgon Carbon’s most modern and energy efficient facility to recycle or “reactivate” granular activated carbon (GAC), which is used in drinking water applications. The company expects the potential for job growth over the next three years.

"We are proud to recognize Calgon Carbon for fulfilling its promise of not only bringing innovation and jobs to the region, but also for its commitment to help provide safe, cost-effective drinking water to the region,” said Steve Macias, Chairman, Arizona Manufacturers Council. “The Gila Bend plant is a key enabler for the effective implementation of public policies that address the availability of safe drinking water, as well as regional growth and economic prosperity.”

According to Randy Dearth, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calgon Carbon Corporation, GAC products from the Gila Bend 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 and built exclusively 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. Reactivation also avoids the need for customers to use more costly landfill or incineration options.

“We are honored that the Arizona Manufacturers Council has selected us for excellence in sustainability as we continue to fulfill our mission of helping municipalities across the region provide safe, clean drinking water to their residents,” said Mr. Dearth.

A growing number of Arizona water utilities are already taking advantage of the cost savings and environmental benefits provided by the Gila Bend reactivation facility, including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, among others. Currently, the 847,000-sq. ft. plant produces 15 million pounds of reactivated carbon per year for use by municipalities.

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.

Mr. Dearth added that the Gila Bend plant demonstrates Calgon Carbon’s dedication to the Arizona manufacturing community through the implementation of innovative technology systems that reduce water and energy use.

The custom reactivation process employed at the Gila Bend plant is a Calgon Carbon innovation that has reduced the cost of using GAC by as much as 40 percent and has also reduced the carbon footprint associated with GAC utilization by up to 80 percent. To further advance its environmental sustainability practices, all of the packaging materials at the Gila Bend plant are recycled.

For more information about Calgon Carbon’s leading activated carbon and ultraviolet technology solutions for municipalities and industries, visit www.calgoncarbon.com.

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 more than 100 types of activated carbon products - in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – for 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.

For more information about Calgon Carbon’s leading activated carbon and ultraviolet technology solutions for municipalities and industries, visit www.calgoncarbon.com.

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