American Borate Company

5700 Cleveland St.
Suite 420
Virginia Beach, VA  23462

PH:   757-490-2242
FX:   757-490-1548

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American Borate Company (ABC) has been marketing Eti Maden Borates since 1980. Until December 19, 1990, ABC was a wholly owned subsidiary of Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation. The company is now privately held. The principals have extensive backgrounds in industrial minerals, mining and marketing.


The corporate/sales office is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The operation has warehouses in Chesapeake, Virginia, to store up to 10,000 tons of Etibor 48 and 4,000 tons of Boric Acid and Decahydrate bagged products. We have a bagging operation giving us further flexibility to offer 50 pound bags from our Virginia location to go along with super sacks and bulk truck and rail loading. The company has one fully functional and staffed laboratory, along with a Quality Control Manager. We currently use Industrial Minerals in South Carolina, to process Turkish Colemanite and Ulexite for east coast customers. We use another facility in Chesapeake, Virginia, to process other Turkish borates such as Ulexite. ABC has a leased fleet of 100 ton covered hopper cars (dedicated for the purpose of transporting borate products only) to provide customers with quality rail equipment and storage flexibility.


ABC is a specialty boron marketing and sales company. We carry large inventories of Eti Maden products. Our sales staff calls on all markets using borates. ABC has, and continues, to develop a network of quality chemical distributors. Between 1998 and 2006 we have added 45 new Distributor locations mostly east of the Mississippi River. These distributors insure that ABC can service any size customer from one pallet to several thousand tons. Eti Maden products are introduced to the US market at all critical levels thereby insuring increased market penetration.




During our 25 years representing Eti Maden’s boron products, we have purchased over 2,250,000 metric tons of products valued at over 700 million U.S. dollars.


Our goal is to be the best boron supplier by providing high quality consistent products at competitive prices, superior service, packaged and delivered the way the customer wants it, when they want it! We also provide technical sales support to our customers. We are a full line borate distributor/ marketing company. We are not a trader or broker.


ABC continues to develop new uses and markets for borates using both our company personnel and funding research and development to study new applications. Our yearly budget for research and development studies is in excess of $100,000. Recently, a patent has been issued using colemanite as a flame retardant composition for the wire and cable insulation market and trials are ongoing. ABC has just been issued a patent using colemanite as a wood preservative. Field testing, as well as required lab tests are underway. The wood treating product is used in pressure treating applications and in wood composites such as OSB products.


ABC has grown because of our well developed reputation for service, quality, technical support, and sales support. We are financially sound. We carry large inventories of all Eti Maden Borate products. We have the product available when needed by the customer. ABC handles quality issues professionally, and have been able to continue to grow market share. Because of our financial strength and quality reputation among Borate users worldwide, we are able to sell to large users as well as small. We currently sell to companies such as:


General Electric       Johns Manville

Coyne Chemical       Foseco

Pemco                        Brenntag

Solutia/Monsanto     St. Gobain

Corning Glass           Univar

Valvoline                   GAF 


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