NAHUNTA, GA – Southern Ionics, a Mississippi-based specialty chemicals company, has selected a 120 acre site in the Winocur Road area of Brantley and Charlton counties to mine zircon and other metals from the underlying sand. Two thirds of the area to be mined is located in Brantley County. Zirconium, which is obtained from zircon, is used in kidney dialysis, antidepressants, ceramics and paints.
Ron Rose, director of mining operations, stated that mining is scheduled to begin in late 2013. The projected date allows time for the company to obtain all of the necessary permits from the state Environmental Protection Division, the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies.