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Posted on: October 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Calcean Minerals and Materials, LLC, to expand bioplastics operations in Gadsden

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Calcean Minerals and Materials, LLC, headquartered in Gadsden, Alabama, is expanding their bioplastics manufacturing capacities. 

The expansion of the BioPlastics Division of Calcean Minerals and Materials, LLC, will include an investment of $7 million in capital equipment and add up to 40 new jobs at the Gadsden facility. 

Calcean located in Gadsden in 2018 and has continued to expand their operations. 

“We’re pleased to have Calcean as an industrial partner, and we’re also excited that in-demand and environmentally friendly items are being produced here in Gadsden,” said Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton. 

To assist the company with its expansion, the Gadsden City Council approved a seven-year abatement of all state and local non-educational taxes.  

Calcean utilizes a biogenic, renewable form of calcium carbonate harvested in the Bahamas to create unique bioplastic products as alternatives to fossil-based plastics — most notably as replacements for single-use disposable food service items. 

The new equipment will allow for a capacity increase in areas of compounding and straw manufacturing, plus the addition of new sheet extrusion and thermoforming equipment for expanded product line offerings that include plates, trays, bowls and clamshells. 

Calcean is currently hiring all shifts. Those seeking employment opportunities can apply in person at 140 Thomas Drive in Gadsden or email their resume to

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