Burnsville Apr 13, 2022 On Friday, April 8, The Quartz Corp. (TQC) hosted N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) Commissioner Josh Dobson and Mine and Quarry Bureau Chief William Gerringer for a site tour of their newly renovated mining logistics facility located in Yancey County. The tour highlighted the upgrades to the facility that enhance safety technology and ensure safer working conditions. Gerringer was also recognized at the event for his 23 ½ years of service to the NCDOL and to congratulate him on his upcoming retirement. He began his career with the department in 1998 and has served the residents of North Carolina with loyalty and dedication. “As a proud native of Western North Carolina, it’s always exciting to see industries thrive in this region. I commend The Quartz Corporation for their continued investment in the local economy and especially for their commitment to worker safety,” Labor Commissioner Dobson said. “I also want to say a heartfelt thank you to William Gerringer for nearly 24 years of loyal service to this great state and for his tireless efforts to improve workplace safety and health for mine and quarry workers.” Commissioner Dobson and Bureau Chief Gerringer were accompanied by NCDOL Mine Safety and Health Representative Beau Thomas and Yancy County Economic Development Director Jamie McMahan for the tour of the facility. During the visit, TQC Operations and Engineering Manager, Chris Gentry, discussed the mission at TQC is to provide the industries of tomorrow an ultra-pure raw material directly supporting the creation of renewable energy and innovative technologies. Visits such as these signal continued growth in Western North Carolina. "Our continued growth is possible because of the amazing community we live in and bright people we work with. We rely on each other for knowledge, inspiration, laughter and support. The Quartz Corp. is making a global impact from a local Carolina zip code,” Gentry said. “It was an honor for us to have Commissioner Dobson tour TQC Micaville." Located 11 miles west of existing worksites in Spruce Pine, TQC is proud to extend its footprint beyond Mitchell County and contribute to the local community in Burnsville. TQC is a key supplier of high purity quartz sand for the solar, semiconductor and fiber optic markets. The company’s quartz is sourced from Spruce Pine where the unique geology offers the world’s highest purity quartz deposits. For more information about high purity quartz, feldspar and mica visit thequartzcorp.com.