Huber Engineered Materials Acquires West Coast Ingredients

ATLANTA, Jul 05, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Huber Engineered Materials, part of J.M. Huber Corporation, today announced the acquisition of West Coast Ingredients in Modesto, Calif. Terms of the deal were not released.

West Coast Ingredients is known for its specialty services related to serving the dietary supplement and functional food markets. According to Huber officials, the acquisition is another step in Huber's goal of bolstering its health and nutrition strategic business unit. The addition of WCI brings blending and fluid bed processing technology, paving the way for specialty granulations, triturations and micro-encapsulations.

"Adding custom blending and fluid bed technology is a natural fit for Huber," said Michael Carpenter, VP and GM of Huber's Heath and Nutrition business unit. "Our experience in minerals, processed ingredients and GMP processing will bring immediate value to existing customers and prospects alike."

Already known for its HuberCal(R) calcium carbonate and oyster shell products for use in dietary supplements as well as calcium silicate, silicon dioxide and other specialty excipients for use in oral dosage tablets, Huber has operated a granulation business in Benicia, Calif., since October 2003. The company has been in the inorganic materials and bulk powders business for six decades.

Huber anticipates the move will accelerate its activity in commercializing processed vitamins, minerals, specialty supplements and pharmaceutical ingredients. "Huber now can deliver a strong set of products and services to the health and nutrition market," added Carpenter.

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About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials develops engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, paper and consumer-based applications. Its inorganic science and product modification techniques have resulted in advancing the art in specialty silica and silicates, alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, kaolin clay, barium sulfate and natural calcium carbonate.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Huber Engineered Materials has offices in 15 countries. For more information, see

About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, NJ, is a diversified, multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources and technology-based services to customers spanning many industries from paper and energy to plastics and construction. With announced sales exceeding $2-billion, J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest family-owned companies in the United States. The company offers total solutions in inorganic chemistry, engineered wood composites and other specialties. For more information, see

HuberCal(R) is a registered trademark of J.M. Huber Corporation for calcium carbonate.

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