U.S. Borax

Rio Tinto Borax

U.S. Borax is part of the Rio Tinto Group, a world leader in finding, mining and processing the world's mineral resources. Rio Tinto employs more than 35,000 people in 40 countries and is widely considered an industry leader in social responsibility and sustainability.

Borax is the world's leading borate business. The company supplies nearly half of global demand for refined borates from its mine in California's Mojave Desert, and serves customers in nearly 100 countries through its global network of mining, refining, shipping, technical and sales facilities. Borax has been a profitable business for more than a century.

Borates are essential to plants and part of a health diet for people. They are key ingredients in hundreds of products people use every day, chief among them: insulation fiberglass, textile fiberglass and heat-resistant glass (42% of world demand); ceramic and enamel frits and glazes (14%); detergents, soaps and personal care products (10%); agricultural micronutrients (7%); and, other uses including wood preservatives and flame retardants (27%).

Borax's 1,400 employees include acknowledged experts in borate mining, process technology, research and development, and sales. The company's priority is to protect the health and safety of its workforce, and is acknowledged as the safest large mining operation in the United States. Borax also focuses on developing employees throughout their careers. Through semi-annual performance assessments, employees and their supervisors develop training programs to build on existing potential and to address development needs critical to both career and personal growth.