1926: CAMP VERDE; Sulphate Plant Rebuilt, December 21.
"CAMP VERDE SULPHATE PLANT REBUILT AND IN SUCCESSFUL AND PROFITABLE OPERATION."
"With its plant completely rebuilt, vastly improved, and in position to treble its daily output, the Sodium Products Corportation at Camp Verde, formerly Western Chemicals, is increasing its shipments to between 60 and 75 tons daily. More than this, the increased output is being produced with a single shift of men instead of three formerly employed."
The plant has been rebuilt from end to end and every process has been speeded up, from mining the ore to putting the finished product in the shipping bins. Much new and improved machinery has been installed, the old conveyor belts have been replaced, new crushers have been purchased and placed, the entire system of washing has been extended and bettered, a more adequate water supply has been completely overhauled, new roads have been built to the crushers, and a better plan of development has been definitely decided upon."
"MINING: The first bench on the face of the deposit has been leveled up and the big gasoline shovel is now able to work steadily and at high efficiency. As the shovel has advanced its cuts into the deposit, much better sulphate is being taken out, with less clay, less salt and a considerably improved quality --- all of which factors tend to a purer and more easily prepared product."
"The ground between the face and the coarse crushing plant has been leveled up, a new feeding bin has been built to the west of the crusher and tracks are being laid from the shovel to the bins. Small ore cars will be used for the ore instead of horse drawn carts, as has been the practice in the past and it is certain that the mining end of the process is now in perfect shape for quantity production."
"In this connection, it may be added that the deposit is proving even larger than was ever anticipated and that the plant is assured of a long term of years of profitable production."
"CRUSHING AND WASHING: As stated above, a complete new crushing plant has been built with everything necessary for the expeditious handling of the ore. The conveyor system is practically new and it is but a very short time from the moment of its excavation until the crushed ore is delivered to the fine-crushing plant which has also been equipped with new machinery and elevation."
"The greatest single improvement is in the washing plant. It will be remembered that the six screw washers were originally installed side by side and that the sulphate received but a single washing. The big washers have been entirely rebuilt, fitted with new conveying screws and placed in series, so that the crude ore is now washed four times before delivery to the roaster. The wash water (which is a saturated solution of sulphate), is used over and over again, being pumped back to the second washer from the delivery end; this makes large savings of the sulphate, as the chemical is not disolved by the saturated washing water, the finished product that is from two to three per cent purer than the former product and that is said to be the most completely pure sodium sulphate that is now on the market, being practically free from any trace of dirt or sodium chloride and as always, completely free from the slightest trace of acid."
"The washers discharge directly to the big roaster which operates at considerably better speed than before and which delivers a perfectly dry and non-caking product to the shipping bins. A big fleet of motor trucks hauls the product to the railroad at Clemenceau and it is planned to ship from 60 to 75 tons a day at present; it is certain that this output will have to be increased very shortly, as the concern is absolutely unable to keep pace with the demand. Superintendent Campbell made a long trip through the south a short time ago and returned with orders that assure the constant operation of the plant for more than a year --- and with many other orders that can not be accepted at this time."
"WATER SUPPLY: The water that was developed by wells sunk to the northeast of the deposit, proved incapable of supplying enough for steady operation at even the capacity of the old plant, and a new supply has been opened which assures all the water that the plant can use. New wells were sunk in the flat beside the Verde river, to tap the underground flow of the stream, and the result is that there is plenty of water for every possible use --- and an assurance of more if it is needed."
"ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS: Day by day, it becomes more certain that additional products will find a ready market; plans are now being considered which will result is the addition of many new chemicals to the list of the output. As has been printed several times in the Verde Copper News, nature did at Camp Verde what requires a long and involved chemical process, starting with sodiun chloride, or common salt, and the entire group of soda products can be made from the native ore. It is cetain that additional plants will be built in the very near future, in fact the chemists are now working out the methods and the equipment that will be required."
"But the big point is that the company is now in shape to make shipments constantly and regularly, that its plant is as perfect as it can be, that all wastes are being saved and that a new and prodigiously successful industry has been added to the resources of Yavapai county."
(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, December 21, 1926; page 1, columns 2-3.)
"GETS SALTED: Harry Amster of the White Garage was down at Camp Verde yesterday and looked over the plant of the Sodium Products Corporation. He is prepared to swear, this morning, that the company has a splendid future before it. He said to the editor of the Verde Copper News: 'I always thought you were a liar and that this talk of yours about the non-metalic minerals of the state were more or less "the bunk," but the fact is that you haven't told us half the truth. The sulphate plant is far and away the biggest thing in the state outside the great metal mines --- and I am not sure that it will not make some of the big mines look up and take notice before it gets through.'" (Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, December 21, 1926; page 1, column 4.)