A lifetime of Kaolin

Posted on August 30, 2017

This August, James “Hoyt“ Sanders celebrated 60 Years of Service with BASF Kaolin.  Hoyt began working for Southern Clays on August 21, 1957.  Hoyt started with cleaning up clay spills and laying track in the pits for the “bogie trains.” He stayed with the company when Freeport obtained Southern Clays in 1963, and later became an oiler on a locomotive. Once the trains were discontinued, he became a scraper and tractor operator.


In 1966, Hoyt began working as a mine technician, and eight years later in 1974, Hoyt became a mine planner and shortly after he became a Lab Supervisor.

In 1985, shortly after Engelhard purchased Freeport Kaolin, Hoyt became the Lab Supervisor for the Klondyke and Griffin mines. Today Hoyt works in the Core Lab in the Gordon Tech Center, just as he has since 1992. Thank you, Hoyt, for all your many contributions over your 60 years with BASF Kaolin!

Tom Bereswill, James “Hoyt“ Sanders, Keith Brooks, and Shane Porzio congratulate Hoyt on his 60 years of service

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