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Mary Beth Garrison
Manager, External Affairs, Communities & Communication

Featured Articles

US Borax featured in upcoming Jay Leno’s Garage episode

Legendary comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno gets behind the wheel of a 240-ton haul truck at US Borax’s mining operation in the January 25 episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which airs Thursdays on CNBC.

Kern County nonprofit organizations awarded $25,000 in grants

May 17, 2017 – For immediate release BORON, CA – Ten East Kern County nonprofit organizations were awarded $25,000 in grants...

Rio Tinto Borates joins Cocoa Care and IPNI SEAP to support sustainable smallholder cocoa farming in Indonesia

Rio Tinto Borates (RTB) has joined an ongoing partnership between the “Cocoa Care” program of PT Community Solutions International and the...

Rio Tinto Borates opens new Wildlife Rescue Center

Waterfowl in California have found a friend in Rio Tinto. Environmental employees at the Boron Operations are taking care of their...

From grain to glass – New degree in Craft Beer Industry on tap for fall at MSU Denver

A new degree program is on tap at Metropolitan State University of Denver. This fall, students will have the opportunity...

CASE STUDY: Setting new standards for reclamation in the Mojave Desert

Boron Operations is a world-class borate mine located in the western Mojave Desert of California. The climate is classified as harsh,...


Digging Out The Ditches

Last spring Rio Sava was faced with a dilemma. The 3D seismic survey was due to start in April but much...

Wilmington Operations

Recycled Materials Support Community Causes at Wilmington Operations The Wilmington facility at the Port of Los Angeles has been in continuous operation...

International Women’s Day

Educational Outreach As part of Rio Sava’s community engagement programme, Rio Sava staff members have visited local elementary schools to talk...

Death Valley Super Bloom

Death Valley Video Series in National Spotlight A RTM-supported video documentary series on the history of Death Valley National Park is...

Preserving Maritime History with Borates

In Baltimore’s Inner Harbor sits the U.S.S. Constellation, a more than 150-year-old wooden ship that served the United States Navy for...

CBA Extention with ILWU Local 30 Sets Foundation for an Even Stronger Business in Years Ahead

Boron, Calif., Dec. 16, 2015 – The collective bargaining agreement extension ratified on December 15, 2015 by International Longshore and Warehouse...

News Releases

Global borate consumption looks set to rise, based on positive trends in urbanization, energy and worldwide food demand. In the July issue of Industrial Minerals Magazine, Rio Tinto Minerals gives its outlook* on the industry and discusses its reasons for confidence in consumption growth.

*Forward-Looking Statements: This paper includes forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Rio Tinto, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Nothing in this paper should be interpreted to mean that future earnings per share of Rio Tinto Plc or Rio Tinto Ltd will necessarily match or exceed its historical published earnings per share.

Rio Tinto – Global Outlook For Borates

Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM) Wins 2015 Outstanding Performance Supplier Award from Asahi Glass Company (AGC)


Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM) received the 2015 Outstanding Performance Supplier Award from Asahi Glass Company (AGC), one of the world’s largest producers of high-tech glass for LCDs, computers, mobile devices and solar panels.

AGC Group CEO Takuya Shimamura presented the award to Michael Le Page, RTM Chief Commercial Officer, during AGC Group’s annual supplier meeting in Tokyo, Japan. RTM was one of five global suppliers recognized at the ceremony.

RTM was recognized for its excellent commercial, technical and R&D services, as well as providing flexible supply chain services with strategic Asian stock points.

“It is uncommon for a foreign company to win this award and a prestigious honor for RTM,” Le Page said. “This special recognition is well deserved for Kenji Shimizu, Peter Henderson and the rest of the Asian Rio Tinto Minerals’ team.”

Borates are a key ingredient in AGC Group’s manufacturing of high-quality TFT-LCD glass for computers, tablets, smartphones, LCD TVs and display panels. Other applications include automotive glass, fabricated architectural and decorative glass, and photovoltaic surfaces for solar panels. RTM also is a strategic partner for AGC’s R&D efforts on next-generation image display.

The Asahi Glass Company was founded in 1907 by Toshiya Iwasaki, the second son of the second president of the original Mitsubishi Corporation. AGC succeeded in the first Japanese production of sheet glass. Today, the global leader in TFT-LCD glass and plasma display (PDP) operates in Asia, Europe and the United States in three main business areas: glass, electronics and chemicals.

The Rio Tinto Salt business is a major supplier for AGC Group’s Chemicals Operations, which are expanding in the sectors of chlor-alkali and urethane, and fluorochemicals and specialty chemicals.

CBA Extention With ILWU Local 30 Sets Foundation For An Even Stronger Business In Years Ahead

ILWU Local 20 President Dave Liebengood and RTM California Operations GM Isabelle Brassard

Media Contact: John Brown, 303-713-5022

Boron, Calif., Dec. 16, 2015 – The collective bargaining agreement extension ratified on December 15, 2015 by International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 30 represented employees provides a good foundation for Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM) to create an even stronger business in the years ahead.

“This agreement reached 5 months prior to CBA expiration date of May 2016 enables us to further strengthen our business and continue investing in our Kern County-based mining operations in Boron,” said Isabelle Brassard, General Manager for California Operations. “At the same time, the agreement provides a solid foundation to be more globally competitive and maintain our position as the world’s leader in Borate minerals and refined products.”

The expertise of its workforce is a primary reason Rio Tinto Minerals has had business success for more than 100 years.

“Our employees are our most important asset to delivering quality product to our customers. I am pleased we found common ground with ILWU to add value to our business, employees, customers and stakeholders,” Brassard said.

Terms of the new agreement include:

  • A 5-year extension on the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was set to expire in May 2016. The agreement now extends through May of 2021.
  • A 2.5% annual wage increase for hourly employees, beginning in May 2016.
  • Medical benefits aligned with industry and national trends for American workers that take effect in January 2017

The agreement covers more than 500 ILWU-represented employees who work at RTM’s Boron, California operations.  At the ILWU Local 30 meeting on the December 15, about 65% voted in favor of the proposal.

ILWU Local 30 President Dave Liebengood said he appreciated the consistent leadership of Boron Operations General Manager Isabelle Brassard to keep both sides at the table until an agreement was reached.

“ILWUs Local 30 and its members appreciate that the company and union were able to move forward with a 5-year contract extension that offered decent wage increases and benefits package each year of the contract,” Liebengood said.

“A big plus is that the company and union agreed to continue with all language from the 2010 contract through the extension period ending in May 2021,” Liebengood said. “Our goal at the union is to make sure our company remains a world-class competitor in selling borates. In return, this keeps our members (employees) working full time, helping to support jobs in the local economy.”

About Rio Tinto Minerals

Part of Rio Tinto Group, Rio Tinto Minerals supplies about 30 percent of the world’s refined borates – a critical ingredient in hundreds of products including glass, fiberglass, ceramics, fertilizers, wood preservatives and detergents – from its operation in California’s Mojave Desert, one of the richest borate deposits on earth.