KAMIN PERFORMANCE MINERALS “Delivering value from the ground up” is the mission of KaMin Performance Minerals, explained CEO Rankin Hobbs. KaMin is one of the leading global suppliers of high-quality kaolin clay. Since 1926, KaMin has been mining and producing the fine- particle,high-brightness clay in three different locations in Georgia: Macon,Sandersville and Wrens.The company also has operations in Brazil, managed by their subsidiary CADAM. Kaolin clay is an essential component for manufacturing rubber, plastic, paint and paper, among other industrial applications. “Our customer base consists of major multinational corporations as well as small manufacturers all over the world,” noted Hobbs. The company first engaged with international customers in 1969 and has since grown to become one of the largest U.S. exporters of kaolin clay.With customers in 65 countries, Europe and Asia are the most important markets for the company. To help access the large potential customer base in China, the company has translated its website into Chinese. “As our export market expanded over the years, our workforce has as well,” observed Hobbs. Today, over 350 employees fill the company’s three Georgia locations. KaMin’s business supports the jobs of nearly 100 additional support services in the Georgia area. Hobbs described the important role that internet-enabled systems play in connecting KaMin staff, logistics partners, and customers and noted how important an open global internet is for his international business. KaMin utilizes a web-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform to help execute its global business, which supports internal planning, manufacturing, and order cash processes. Hobbs noted how, “Our systems transfer information seamlessly to optimize efficiencies on export orders with our supply chain partners.” Mobile platforms can simplify logistics for global small businesses. For example, bar code instruments can help with packaging and shipping procedures, shared Hobbs. By immediately populating data into a centralized system for tracking, the company is able to eliminate manual processes and potential for error, not to mention save time. Kaolin clay is found around the world, challenging the company MINING | 350 EMPLOYEES | FOUNDED IN 1926 12 Global Innovation Forum