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Nodaway County Business Success Story

Ray Riek

Maryville, Mo., manufacturer receives assistance from one of University of Missouri Extension's Small Business Technology Centers.

A manufacturing revolution has arrived in northwest Missouri. Ray Riek, CEO of Carbolytic Materials Co., and his operations staff in Maryville are applying a recently developed proprietary method to produce carbon black, a substance much like graphite with a multitude of applications in everyday products.

The extraordinary manufacturing process has brought a new production plant and a couple of dozen manufacturing jobs to northwest Missouri in the past year.

Carbon black is among the 50 top industrial chemicals produced worldwide. It's used as a reactant in rubber to provide abrasion resistance. Its primary use is in the manufacture of tires. In addition it has a variety of industrial rubber applications, and it acts as a tinting agent in almost every product tinged black.


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Campus: Extension
Key words: Innovation, Science, UM System,
County: Nodaway