Celebrating 145 Years of American Innovation
Since the discovery of borates in California’s Death Valley in 1881, Borax has come a long way. Over our 145-year history as a leading supplier of boron, many things have changed, including our company name: Rio Tinto Borates, formerly U.S. Borax. The 20 Mule Team® Borax brand originally became a household name through the radio program “Death Valley Days” which evolved into a TV show (now available on DVD) starring Ronald Reagan. And the boron we mine has been used in everything from soap (sold today through partnership with Henkel Dial) to fertilizers to cell-phone glass. But one thing that’s never changed is our innovative spirit and commitment to our customers, employees, and community.
As the supplier of more than 30 percent of the world’s refined borates supply and operator of the largest open pit mine in California, Rio Tinto Borates is proud of our Boron, California family. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our rich history and bright future at Boron 20 Mule Team Days, October 7, 2017. Meet the new 20 Mule Team that participated in this year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. And help us look forward to many more years of innovative and exciting research, product development, and community partnership.