Ergon to Purchase SemGroup’s Asphalt Business in Mexico

JACKSON, Miss. − Ergon Asfaltos México HC, LLC, and Ergon México HC, LLC, both subsidiaries of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., (EA&E) announce finalization of an agreement to purchase the asphalt business of SemMaterials México. This agreement includes the purchase of membership interests of the following entities from SemMaterials, L.P., and SemMéxico, LLC:

  • SemMéxico Materials HC s. de R.L. de C.V.
  • SemMaterials HC México S. de R.L. de C.V.
  • SemMaterials México S. de R.L. de C.V.
  • SemMaterials SC México S. de R.L. de C.V.

EA&E has long been known as a valued resource in the development of the asphalt industry in the United States. The company's footprint has grown from coast to coast over the past 36 years, and EA&E currently operates 47 asphalt and emulsions locations across the country.

"As we evaluated the possibility of further expanding our market presence through the SemMéxico business, the similarities between the two companies were immediately evident," said Patrick Nation, EA&E Senior Vice President − Sales & Marketing. "We believe the synergy between Ergon Asfaltos México and Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions will create a tremendous resource for customers in both countries, offering immediate and long-term benefits."

Headquartered in Puebla, Mexico, SemMaterials México was purchased from Koch Pavement Solutions by SemGroup in 2005. With 14 plants situated from the Baja California Peninsula to the Yucatan Peninsula and two national laboratories, it is the largest supplier of liquid asphalt cement products and product application services in the country.

"Timing can be everything, and this acquisition was no exception," commented Baxter Burns, President of EA&E. "We always believed that this would be a great opportunity for us to expand what we do every day into Mexico, but what really set this apart was the team SemMéxico had assembled. From the leadership in Puebla to everyone we met in the facilities, they solidified our belief that this would be a great fit for Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions. We look forward to the opportunity to support the new Ergon Asfaltos México and to take it to the next level."

Both companies provide neat asphalt, polymer modified asphalt and emulsions. They are also recognized for technological expertise and laboratory services. Each enjoys a strong company culture and places great importance on employees, technology, quality products and safety. Ergon plans to retain the current employees in the Mexico facilities, including the existing management team.

The SemMaterials México sale is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2018, subject to the receipt of certain governmental approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

About Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.

Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., is a subsidiary of Ergon, Inc., a privately held company formed in 1954 and based in Jackson, Mississippi, with over 2,500 employees globally. Ergon and its subsidiaries are engaged in a wide range of operations that are categorized into six primary business segments which include: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminalling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Corporate & Other.

About SemGroup

Based in Tulsa, Okla., SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) is a publicly traded midstream service company providing the energy industry the means to move products from the wellhead to the wholesale marketplace. SemGroup provides diversified services for end-users and consumers of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products, residual fuel oil and asphalt. Services include purchasing, selling, processing, transporting, terminalling and storing energy.

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Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions to Break Ground on New Facility Near Austin, TX

Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions to Break
Ground on New Facility Near Austin, TX

Jackson, MS—Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., (Ergon A&E) announced today it has been approved to move forward with construction on a new asphalt terminal in Manor, TX. Construction on the facility, which will span some 27 acres, is set to begin in early 2016 with an anticipated completion preceding the 2017 road construction and paving season.

The Manor terminal will house neat and polymer modified asphalt products used in paving and asphalt emulsion production. The facility’s bulk storage will provide the capabilities to support Ergon A&E’s Texas emulsion plants, in addition to marketing paving and sealing-grade hot products.

The new terminal will be located approximately 15 miles from the Austin city center with prime access to nearby interstate thoroughfares for direct customer sales. The terminal will be served by both inbound rail and truck receipt capabilities.

Upon completion of the new Manor terminal, the facility will bring between 10-15 new jobs to the area including positions in operations, sales & marketing, management and facility maintenance.

About Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., is an Ergon company, and the premier asphalt and emulsions marketer in North America. Its manufacturing network encompasses more than 30 asphalt and emulsions facilities located from Coast-to-Coast. The company is an industry-recognized leader for road maintenance education and innovation with quality neat and polymer modified asphalt products and emulsions, in addition to a family of cost-effective pavement preservation solutions engineered to maintain the integrity of transportation networks.

About Ergon, Inc.
Ergon, Inc. is a privately held company based in Jackson, MS, that operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, and Corporate & Other.

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Jim Temple
Corporate Communications Manager
601-933-3000
jim.temple@ergon.com
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Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions Acquires Emulsion Plant in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.

Jackson, Miss. — Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. (EA&E) today announced it has acquired an emulsion plant in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., from Strawser Construction, Inc. EA&E will acquire full ownership of the facility on May 4, 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Mt. Pleasant emulsion plant provides EA&E with an additional 346,000 gallons of capacity and will allow the company to further extend its market presence in Tennessee. Both cationic and anionic emulsions will be produced at the facility. EA&E expects to hire the majority of the plant’s existing staff.

Baxter Burns, President of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., said, “This strategic acquisition allows us to support our existing customers in Tennessee to an even greater extent. It also gives us the capacity to service new customers in the area. We’re thrilled about this opportunity to better serve the state of Tennessee.”

Patrick Nation, EA&E’s Senior Vice President of Marketing said, “At Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, we are committed to being the trusted resource in the asphalt and emulsions industry. The addition of the Mt. Pleasant facility increases our ability to be this resource in the Tennessee marketplace.”

Larry Tomkins, Vice President — South Region of EA&E said, “We look forward to adding this plant to the Ergon A&E family. As the emulsion market continues to grow, this plant will strengthen our position as the emulsions leader in this important market area.”

About Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. is an Ergon company, and operates as an asphalt and emulsion producer and marketer. The company specializes in the development of superior engineered paving and pavement preservation products.

About Ergon, Inc.
Ergon, Inc. is a privately held company that operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Corporate & Other.

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Jim Temple
Director of Communications
601-933-3000
jim.temple@ergon.com
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Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions Honored by Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association

Jackson, Miss. — Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., (Ergon A&E) is the 2014 recipient of the Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association’s (OAPA) Associate Member of the Year Award. OAPA presents this award each year to one of its members whose achievements have contributed to the success of the Association’s objectives and programs.

Nicole Smith, OAPA’s Director of Communications, said, “Ergon A&E plays an active role within the organization, providing support in any role necessary for OAPA’s advancement. This, coupled with their consistent sponsorship of OAPA events, also contributed to their receiving this prestigious honor.”

Patrick Nation, Ergon A&E’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said, “We congratulate the Oklahoma team on receiving the OAPA Associate Member of the Year Award. It’s another great example of our groups striving to be the ultimate resource for our industry.”

About the Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association
The Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association is a non-profit trade association representing the asphalt producers operating in and for the state of Oklahoma. Our producer members account for approximately 90% of all asphalt production within the state.

About Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. is an Ergon company, and operates as an asphalt and emulsion producer and marketer. The company specializes in the development of superior engineered paving and pavement preservation products.

About Ergon, Inc.
Ergon, Inc. is a privately held company that operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, and Corporate & Other.

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Jim Temple
Director of Communications
601-933-3000
jim.temple@ergon.com
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Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. Acquires Terminal in North Carolina

Jackson, Miss. — Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. (EA&E) today announced it has purchased all assets of the Wilson, North Carolina, asphalt terminal from Black Creek Terminal, LLC. EA&E will acquire full ownership of the facility on April 1, 2014. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Wilson, N.C., terminal was built in 2011 by Black Creek Terminal and has since been leased by Valero Energy Corporation. Its geographic market stretches from the Raleigh/Durham area to the eastern coast of North Carolina. The facility provides EA&E with over 132,000 barrels of neat asphalt product storage and will be a foundation for the company’s future growth in the state. EA&E expects to hire the majority of the terminal’s existing staff during its transition to ownership.

J. Baxter Burns, II, President of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., said, “We appreciate the opportunity for growth that Black Creek has afforded us with this facility. The addition of the Wilson terminal expands Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions’ strategic supply initiative literally from coast to coast. We’re also excited to see Valero continue to market asphalt from this facility as we advance our strategic partnership.”

About Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. is an Ergon company, and operates as an asphalt and emulsion producer and marketer. The company specializes in the development of superior engineered paving and pavement preservation products.

About Ergon, Inc.
Ergon, Inc. is a privately held company that operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, and Corporate & Other.

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Jim Temple
Director of Communications
601-933-3000
jim.temple@ergon.com
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ErgonArmor Acquires Assets For Future Growth

Jackson, MS – ErgonArmor announced today that it has acquired a production facility located in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as a portion of land adjacent to its existing plant in Kansas City, Kansas.

Previously owned by AGS Harbor LLC, ErgonArmor had been subleasing the Memphis facility from Harcros Chemical since 1998. The purchase of this 70,000-square-foot production plant will allow ErgonArmor to further invest in and expand the facility, which currently produces epoxy and asphalt emulsion coatings.

The acquisition of 1.38-acres of land located alongside ErgonArmor’s existing plant in Kansas City will provide additional space for future expansion of the facility. The company currently manufactures solvent-based asphalt products for a wide range of industries at this location.

Larry Erickson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ErgonArmor, said, “ErgonArmor has been on a trajectory of growth since its inception. Adding these assets allows us to augment our existing facilities, and positions us to enter new markets while expanding our existing product lines.”

J. Baxter Burns, II, President of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., said, “These acquisitions are part of our vision to increase the presence of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions and its associated companies throughout the United States. We’re excited about ErgonArmor’s broadened capabilities, and look forward to their continued growth.”

The land and facility purchases were made by ErgonArmor’s parent company, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.

About ErgonArmor
ErgonArmor is an Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. company. It manufactures solutions for problems with corrosion protection, moisture infiltration, adhesion, sound dampening, surface treatments and more.

About Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. is an Ergon company, and operates as an asphalt and emulsion producer and marketer. The company specializes in the development of superior engineered paving and pavement preservation products.

Contact Information:
Jim Temple
Director of Communications
601-933-3000
jim.temple@ergon.com

Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. Signs Terminaling Agreement With NuStar Energy, L.P.

Jackson, MS – Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. (EA&E) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with NuStar Energy, L.P. (NuStar) to market asphalt from NuStar’s terminal in Pittsburg, California. The agreement allows EA&E to expand its offerings in northern California to include paving grade, polymer-modified, and other asphalt products, in addition to the pavement preservation products the company currently provides in the area. EA&E is one of the largest asphalt marketers in North America, with more than 30 locations across the U.S.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to introduce Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions to northern California,” said Patrick Nation, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. “Our agreement with NuStar lets us introduce our vision of providing innovative resources to the marketplace.”

J. Baxter Burns, II, President of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., said, “We are continually looking for opportunities to expand our footprint in North America. This agreement was a perfect fit because it utilizes existing assets, coupled with strategic partnerships, to broaden our asphalt business in California.”

EA&E’s asphalt products will be marketed from NuStar’s terminal beginning January 1, 2014.

About Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. is an Ergon company, and operates as an asphalt and emulsion producer and marketer. The company specializes in the development of superior engineered paving and pavement preservation products.

About Ergon, Inc.
Ergon, Inc. is a privately held company that operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation &Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, and Corporate & Other.

Contact Information:
Jim Temple
Director of Communications
601-933-3000
jim.temple@ergon.com

Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. Acquires Terminal Facility in Wolcott, Kansas

Jackson, MS – Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. (EA&E) announced today that it has purchased all assets of the Wolcott Terminal Facility located in Wolcott, Kansas, effective July 31, 2013. The facility was previously owned by Tanco Kansas City, LLC.

EA&E has marketed neat asphalt products from the terminal since it began leasing the facility in 1992. Located on the Missouri River to the northwest of Kansas City, the Wolcott Facility has a capacity of 176,284 barrels. It is equipped to load product via truck and receive product by barge, truck and rail. The Wolcott Facility also offers sulfuric acid transloading services. EA&E will continue to service all existing sulfuric acid transloading contracts.

J. Baxter Burns, II, President of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., said, “After 20 years of providing asphalt products to the Kansas City market, we are very happy to report our acquisition of this facility. This will allow us to further invest in and expand the Wolcott Facility, adding increased capability and storage capacity.”

About Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. is an Ergon company, and operates as an asphalt and emulsion producer and marketer. The company specializes in the development of superior engineered paving and pavement preservation products.

About Ergon, Inc.

Ergon, Inc. is a privately held company that operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, and Corporate & Other.

Contact Information:
Jim Temple
Director of Communications
601-933-3000
jim.temple@ergon.com

Talladega Track to be Repaved with Ergon Asphalt

Talladega, AL – Talladega Superspeedway officials announced recently that the Alabama racetrack is set to be repaved for the first time since 1979, and the project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2006 UAW-Ford 500 in October. The project will include complete asphalt repaving of the 2.66-mile tri-oval track, apron and pit road. Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Jackson, MS, will supply the polymer modified asphalts for this job out of their Birmingport, AL facility. The asphalts will be an Ergon Sealoflex PG76-22 for the base course and an Ergon Sealoflex PG82-22 for the track surface. The Justin, TX based Sunmount Corporation will head the project. Sunmount specializes in track resurfacing and their resume includes Miami-Homestead, Texas, Atlanta, Richmond and Charlotte tracks.

A portable asphalt plant was mobilized to the site in December 2005 and on-site work began in February, when trial batches of the asphalt mix designs were produced and asphalt test strips were constructed and evaluated on superspeedway property. Based on the excellent performance data of the Ergon liquid binder and the selected mix designs, the engineers selected Ergon’s Sealoflex Performance Grades of polymer modified asphalts for this high profile paving project at this legendary superspeedway.

Special Mix Part of Daytona’s Makeover

A little bit of Bainbridge is part of the new pavement project at Daytona International Speedway.

Ergon, a nine-employee plant on Spring Creek Road, is producing 82.5 tons of PG82-22, a special asphalt mix that is being used for the new repaving project at the Super Bowl of auto racing. The local manufacturer is also supplying 2,400 tons of another asphalt mix that doesn’t have the special characteristics that the PG82-22 has.

“We’re very proud. It’’s kind of a feather in our cap,” said Georgia Bedwell, the manager of the Bainbridge Ergon plant.

The special asphalt is a big part in repaving the 2.5-mile, 30-degree steep-banked track. Everything down to the historic track’s original limestone base is being removed and repaved. The special asphalt is being mixed with other components to comprise the new track.

According to NASCAR.com, the entire repaving project encompasses 1.4 million square feet, which will take approximately 50,000 tons of asphalt–not including the new concrete pit boxes.

“It’s a special mix we make for race tracks,“ Bedwell said. Although Ergon has produced the special formula for other race track repaving projects, such as Talladega’s, this is the first time the Bainbridge plant has produced the special mixture.

Ergon developed the special polymer mixer in 2008.

The liquid mixture is shipped from Bainbridge to Daytona at 360 to 380 degrees. The contractor, Lane Construction, then mixes the special formula with other elements to exact specifications in a mobile asphalt plant located in a parking lot behind Turn 2 of the speedway.

What’s so special about PG82-22?

It has memory.

A sample of the asphalt the length of a pencil can be stretched to more than 3 feet, than it would snap back to its original shape. That’s key when there are 3,500-pound cars traveling close to 200 mph on 30-degree banking.

“You can pull it and it goes back to its original form,” said Bedwell, who is scheduled to visit the race track and the paving project’s progress. “That’s why it’s so good on race tracks.”

But don’t expect Bedwell to be in awe of just being at the historic track during one of its more important renovation projects in recent history.

“I know who Jeff Gordon is and someone named Stewart,” Bedwell said, admitting that she doesn’t follow NASCAR much. She has been with Ergon for 27 years, but transferred to Bainbridge from the company’s Memphis, Tenn., terminal in 1993 when Ergon moved to Bainbridge.

The special asphalt is also supposed to minimize wear and tear on a track, and that memory could also prevent the track from forming any ruts or groves, Bedwell said.

Six tests are performed on the asphalt mix before it leaves Bainbridge.

Mitch Comerford, the lab technician with Ergon, knows the asphalt is ready for Daytona’s track when a black sample of the mixture, placed under a microscope, is actually all yellow. Unlike some asphalt that is used for other applications such as Department of Transportation projects on highways that has some specs of black in it, Comerford won’t give the OK for the mixture until he detects zero black specs.

If the mixture passes all its tests, it will not flow when it’s poured onto the track, but will be stationary once its cooled and formed.

During last February’s running of the Daytona 500, the race was stopped because the old pavement was coming up; the repaving project was started shortly after the finish of the track’s Fourth of July race. The project is expected to be completed in time for the next running of the Daytona 500.

Bedwell said the whole process using their special asphalt mixture has been thoroughly researched.

“This affects people’s lives,“ Bedwell said.

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