GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (GEO) broke ground June 10 on a new facility to produce polyaluminum chloride (PAC) products for use in water treatment. The facility will be located on the grounds of GEO's Deer Park, Texas, plant and operated by its Water Treatment Chemicals Division, the company said.

The new plant is being constructed on a 108-acre site that also manufactures GEO's Glycine product line. This Deer Park facility will be the second site in GEO's portfolio to make PAC products; the other is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Currently, GEO owns and operates 15 water treatment centers throughout the Southeast.

"We are very experienced in customized water treatment solutions and looking forward to opening up the Texas water marketplace and to serving municipalities with superior water treatment products," said Scot Lang, GEO's senior vice president for the Water Treatment Chemicals Division. "By building this revolutionary manufacturing process, new highly active PAC products can improve coagulation for cleaner water. Results from jar tests, trials and full product implementation at sites located throughout Texas continue to be extremely promising."

Polyaluminum chloride reduces overall water treatment costs when compared to traditional alum, ferric and PAC programs and effectively removes water turbidity, color, heavy metals and trace organic compounds, the company says.