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Boron-Based Flame Retardants: Enabling Everyday Safety

:: Thursday, November 3, 2022 :: Posted By Emmanuel Laval
Boron-Based Flame Retardants: Enabling Everyday Safety
Fifty years ago, U.S. Borax introduced a multifunctional, zinc borate, flame retardant we called Firebrake. Learn how we improved the fire safety of essential materials that surround us every day.

Turning Death Valley into a Desired Desert Destination

:: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Turning Death Valley into a Desired Desert Destination
Home to our original operations, Death Valley will always be special to U.S. Borax. Learn about our initial efforts to promote tourism in Death Valley—and how we’re still supporting the area today.

Pioneering Progress Through Education

:: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 :: Posted By Mary Beth Garrison
Pioneering Progress Through Education
At U.S. Borax, we believe education is the foundation for pioneering progress. Over the course of our 150 years in operation, we have supported—and continue to support—local education.

A Tradition of Transportation Innovation

:: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
A Tradition of Transportation Innovation
From the iconic 20 mule teams to railroads to the first renewable diesel-powered trucks, U.S. Borax helped redefine transportation and logistics in boron mining.

An Engineering Feat Like No Other

:: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
An Engineering Feat Like No Other
One of the greatest engineering feats in U.S. Borax history was converting the underground Boron mine to a more modern, open-pit operation.

Remembering Wilshire

:: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Remembering Wilshire
For nearly three decades, U.S. Borax headquarters occupied Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Now, almost 50 years later, we reflect on the importance and community we shared at this location—and revive fond memories.

150 Years in the Mine: Life in Boron

:: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
150 Years in the Mine: Life in Boron
During the early days of borate mining miners battled difficult conditions. Their grit and hard work established a solid foundation, enabling U.S. Borax to grow into a world mining leader. This year as we celebrate 150 years of boron mining operations, we reflect on the progress made in mining life.

Classic Tales from the Wild West

:: Monday, April 11, 2022
Classic Tales from the Wild West
Realistic writing, renowned actors, and adventurous Wild West narratives made Death Valley Days one of the longest running radio and television programs in American history. Learn how our sponsorship made this show possible and drove demand for borax products.

U.S. Borax Operations: Then and Now

:: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
U.S. Borax Operations: Then and Now
This year marks an important milestone in U.S. Borax history as we celebrate 150 years of boron mining operations. Let’s look at the transformation of boron mining operations over the course of the last century and a half.

The Many, Many Uses of Borax for Laundry

:: Thursday, April 15, 2021 :: Posted By Orion Graham
The Many, Many Uses of Borax for Laundry
Over the last 125 years, borates have played a big part in helping people get their laundry cleaner.
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