- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - An international company that has been in the clay industry for decades is looking to expand its reach in Wyoming with the launch of bentonite mining operations.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1L6N7wv ) that Tolsa Group of Madrid acquired the assets of U.S. Bentonite last year, gaining a bentonite plant and four mines. Tolsa has brought the mining facilities back into operation since U.S. Bentonite went bankrupt in 2013.

Bentonite, an absorbent clay from volcanic ash, plays a major part in Wyoming’s economy. Chief operating officer for Tolsa, Marc Fields, says the company has invested $11 million in the Casper area and plans to expand across the state in coming years.

The facilities outside Casper are Tolsa’s first operations in the U.S.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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