About Us – History

Prince was formed in 2003 but its history dates back to 1858 when Prince Manufacturing Company was founded by Robert Prince. Prince Manufacturing Company was the leading supplier of colorants and additives to the North American brick industry when Prince acquired the business. Two years later, Prince acquired American Minerals, adding a range of complementary products to serve the foundry, glass, and refractory markets.

Today, Prince is a world-class producer of engineered additives for niche applications and is a value-added processing intermediary between large global raw material suppliers and end market customers. Prince specializes in sourcing, processing, and distributing products in over 20 markets.



Global supplier of fillers, additives, catalysts, carriers and extenders, and other mineral products for use in the agriculture, glass, construction and other manufacturing and mineral processing industries.

May 2018

Acquisition of Josef Opavsky und Sohn GmbH

A custom manufacturer and supplier of frits, glazes, and engobes for use as colorants in the ceramic, brick and roof tile industries in Europe.

August 2017

Acquisition of the Erachem Manganese Chemicals Business

Leading supplier of manganese chemicals for a range of industrial applications including alkaline and lithium ion batteries, agrochemicals, electronics, copper recycling, and other specialty products.

December 2016

Acquisition of Oxidry Minerais Ltda

Brazilian mineral processing company that focuses on color and performance applications of industrial minerals primarily for the glass, foundry and construction markets.

March 2016

Acquisition of E&E Chemical and Service Company, LLC

Distributor of specialty chemicals for the oil and gas exploration, mining, construction and environmental drilling, and construction markets.

November 2015

Acquisition of Millworx Materials, Inc.

Alabama based producer of a range of refractory raw material products for the steel industry, including ladle and furnace sands.

May 2015

Acquisition of Natural Organic Products International, Inc. (“NOPI”)

Florida based processor and supplier of minerals and micronutrients to the agriculture industry

November 2014

Acquisition of Regal Alloys (SA)(Pty) Ltd

South African based processor and supplier of industrial minerals to global markets

May 2014

Acquisition of Pemco Emails Vitromail business (“Vitromail”)

Italy based production facility of glass paste used in a variety of markets

December 2013

Acquisition of Pemco International

Leading producer of porcelain enamel and specialty frit based products for household appliances and a range of industrial, metallurgical, and glass applications

August 2013

Acquisition of Grinding & Sizing

Leading custom supplier and manufacturer to the drilling fluid sector of the petroleum and gas industry

December 2012

Acquisition of Densimix

Leading producer of Iron Oxide for oilfield, glass, and coating applications

August 2012

Acquisition of IGC Technologies

The largest producer of anti-veining agents for the global foundry industry

August 2011

Acquisition of Felix Kappler GmbH

A leading supplier of engobes & glazes to the European roofing tile and brick industry

September 2010

Acquisition of Refractory Materials International, Inc.

The largest producer of ladle and furnace sands and related products for the steel industry in North America

March 2010

Acquisition of Castle Colours Limited

Leading supplier of colorants and additives for the European brick and tile markets

June 2009

Acquisition of Zircon Minerals & Chemicals

Belgium based supplier of mineral sands for the European market

February 2008

Acquisition of Raw Material Solutions

UK based supplier of mineral sands

January 2007

Acquisition of Tarmac Minerals and Materials

A major UK minerals processor and colorant supplier to the European brick and glass industry

April 2006

Acquisition of American Minerals

Leading processor of industrial minerals to North American brick, glass, foundry, and refractory markets

March 2005