GREEN RIVER (WNE) — American Natural Soda Ash Corp. dedicated its new shipping vessel to the employees in Sweetwater County who work to produce soda ash.
The ship was christened and launched April 4, in Kochi, Japan.
ANSAC is a joint venture company that markets, exports sales and runs logistics for trona mining companies Genesis Alkali, Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners and Ciner Resources Corporation.
According to the company Vice President Gregory Oehley, the exports of 2017 contributed over $1 billion benefit to the United States trade balance.
Green River soda ash producers contributed to the stock of over 5 million tons of product transported by ANSAC last year.
“This record level of exports is a credit to the dedication and commitment of the more than 2,000 local employees who produce the world’s highest quality soda ash,” Oehley said.
ANSAC boasts a fleet of vessels that are able to transport 36,000 tons of soda ash.
They serve markets in Asia, Latin America, North Africa, Oceania and the Middle East with Wyoming produced soda ash.
The Green River Basin is home to the world’s largest naturally occurring deposits of trona ore, around 100 billion tons, which is processed into soda ash and sent to producers world wide. Soda ash is commonly used in everyday products like glass and detergents.