China Clay Producers Association

Kaolin companies operating in middle Georgia founded The China Clay Producers Association (CCPA) in 1978. The group was organized to advance and encourage the development and production of kaolin-based products, and to work together with the people of Georgia in the communities where the mineral is mined and products manufactured.


To promote the common business interest of producers of china clay and the development of coordinated policies which assure the industry will continue to provide jobs and contribute to the Georgia economy;

To inform members of proposed legislation, regulatory actions and other matters affecting the kaolin industry; and

To maintain the industry’s strong community commitment, which has been the trademark of the kaolin industry for more than four generations.  


Four member companies make up the CCPA:

IMERYS, Atlanta, GA

BASF, Gordon, GA

KaMin Performance Minerals Macon, GA

Thiele Kaolin Company Sandersville, GA


CCPA members are committed to taking steps to preserve our natural resources for future generations. Our environmental projects include recycling, refuse and waste reduction efforts, landfill minimization, pollution prevention efforts and land reclamation. In addition, CCPA is working with the University of Georgia to improve timber growth on reclaimed land. Since 1969, ninety percent of all land mined has been or is in the process of being reclaimed. It is the goals of association members to reclaim every acre mined and return the land to a productive use.

Thanks to the industry’s land reclamation policy, areas which were once kaolin mines have been converted to parks, pasture land, lakes, recreational areas, timberland, and some farm land.


China Clay Producers Association
113 Arkwright Landing
Macon, Georgia 31210

Telephone 478-757-1211
Fax 478-757-1949



Lee Lemke,
Executive Vice President


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