Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. (CCPI) is opening a liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) and dry ice manufacturing facility in El Dorado, Arkansas, US.

The manufacturing plant will be CCPI’s 15th facility built since its inception in 1976 and its second manufacturing facility in Arkansas.

CCPI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Irvin, Texas-based MATHESON Tri-Gas, says it chose El Dorado due to its location in this key market and the presence of a dependable raw material stream of CO2 available through the company’s long-term CO2 supply agreement with LSB Industries’ El Dorado nitrogen chemical manufacturing facility.

Dennis Harris, President of CCPI, said, “Our new El Dorado plant significantly expands our production capabilities to support the growing demands for liquid CO2 and dry ice products. CO2 is crucial for the food processing, food distribution, medical, automotive and other industries that receive these products from CCPI. This facility will not only better serve our customers in the South Central US, but also serve as an agent of economic growth for the El Dorado area.”

CCPI, with headquarters in Decatur, Illinois, specialises in the manufacture and distribution of liquid CO2 and dry ice products and has a network of 52 dry ice distribution facilities in the US.

MATHESON is part of the Nippon Sanso Holdings Group, one of the world’s largest industrial, specialty and electronic gases company which has headquarters in Japan.