Corona Virus Preparedness

Mar 23 2020
While the global pandemic is posing challenges to our daily lives in many ways, Puragen remains dedicated to serving our customers, who provide essential goods and services in this great time of need.

Puragen continues to operate its Emlenton, Pennsylvania facility in order to provide solutions for our customers. We have changed our daily operations in accordance with guidance from the CDC, requiring our employees to practice social distancing if they feel well and to remain home if they don't, and for the manufacturing facility to operate with safe space distancing alongside the provision of hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes.

We wanted to provide some further information about why we remain open in light of Governor Tom Wolf's recent announcement that only life-sustaining businesses are to remain open. His announcement came with a list of the industries that are considered life sustaining, and Puragen Emlenton operations qualify as a life sustaining business based on at least two definitions. First, beverage manufacturing is exempt and second, basic chemical manufacturing is exempt. Our products produced at Emlenton are critical to both the ongoing provision of purified water and the manufacture of respirators. Our customers are food and beverage makers, medical facilities, water and sewage utilities, and so many more.

Today, March 23, we received confirmation from the State of Pennsylvania that our business "plays a critical role in the manufacture and supply of goods and services necessary to sustain life, and may continue to operate."

Nothing is more important to us than our community, our customers, and our employees, so we are heeding all regulations and recommendations in order to slow the spread of this global pandemic.

As we provide a necessary service to sustaining our society, we will continue to remain open and don't foresee any interruptions in service, barring extreme changes. We will continue to give updates as the ongoing situation emerges.


Mark McCormick
Senior Vice President

European Investor Group Acquires Oxbow Activated Carbon

Sep 9 2019
Oxbow Activated Carbon has been acquired by a European investor group with over 15 years’ experience in the activated carbon business. We are delighted that the business has been recognized for its highly skilled global team of technical, sales and logistics professionals, together with its advanced processing facilities in Emlenton, Pennsylvania and Ternuezen, Netherlands.

Under the new company name Puragen Activated Carbons, we will continually explore new markets and develop products to best support new and existing customers. Puragen Activated Carbons’ goal is to provide superior cost effective solutions using our vast experience in the activated carbon industry combined with the resources and vision of our new owners. With the support of the new owners, we plan to build the business over the long term creating a world class specialty activated carbon production and R&D platform.

Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC Acquires all Assets of Superior Adsorbents, Inc.

Jul 1 2015
West Palm Beach, FL – Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oxbow Carbon LLC, announces that it has acquired all the assets of Superior Adsorbents, Inc. (SAI). Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Operating from its processing plant in Emlenton, PA, SAI is a supplier of over 20 different grades of proprietary microgranulated products incorporating coconut shell, coal and wood-based activated carbons. The asset purchase furthers Oxbow Activated Carbon’s continuing efforts to identify opportunities for strategic growth in key markets. Specifically, the acquisition will increase Oxbow Activated Carbon’s North American footprint and enhance its ability to provide customers with high performance screening, sizing, grinding, impregnation, pelletizing and custom packaging solutions.

SAI’s current management team will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the business under Oxbow’s overall supervision.

Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC is a leading global distributor of a broad range of coconut shell, coal and woodbased activated carbon products. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL, the company provides high quality purification solutions to more than 100 end market applications across North America and internationally. The website is

Oxbow Carbon LLC is one of the nation’s largest private companies and is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. The company has become the world’s leading marketer of sulphur, petroleum coke, and calcined coke – a key ingredient in the manufacturing of aluminum. The company trades in other carbon and industrial products such as coal, gypsum, met coke, anthracite and activated carbon. Oxbow has significant operating assets globally including sea and land terminals, calcining plants, sulphur prillers, pet coke upgraders, and transportation assets. Oxbow has offices or facilities in approximately 25 countries and conducts business in almost 100 countries across the world. The company’s website is

For further information, please contact James Freney at 561-907-5400.

Oxbow Activated Carbon Launches New Website

Jun 25 2015
Today we are pleased to announce the launch our new company website, The new website reflects the transformation of our organization and features our new corporate brand, updated content, and expanded product offerings. Please take a look and let us know what you think.

At the same time, we are also changing the trade names of our products to reflect our new branding and clearly communicate the benefits of our diverse product offerings. We made every effort to keep things simple and your business uninterrupted, in most instances simply dropping the previous “Series and CR” or “Activ” prefixes. As always, we will continue to deliver a high-quality product with unparalleled services that meet your expectations time after time, delivery after delivery.

Effective June 26, 2015, our new product trade names will change as follows:

OxPure™ – All activated carbon products
OxOs™ – Bone char products
OxAnthra™ – Anthracite products
OxGuard™ – Filter units and vessels
Product Trade Name Change Examples:
Sabre series© CR1230C product will now be designated as OxPure™ 1230C Guardian Adsorber series© V200 will now be designated as OxGuard™ V200 Activ R G 4*8 product will now be designated as OxPure™ 48B

If you are impacted by this change due to existing certifications, registrations, etc., please contact your respective sales manager for support and assistance.

At Oxbow Activated Carbon, we are focused on expanding our resources and improving product offerings to better serve you. Our commitment to you is to provide world-class industry knowledge, a customer-driven distribution network, proactive communication, and quality products without compromise. We know you have a choice when it comes to procuring activated carbon, and we appreciate the trust you place in us to consistently deliver quality products and service. During our rebranding, we are here to answer questions and address any concerns you may have.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.


Samir Touil
Global Sales Director

Oxbow Activated Carbon Attends AWWA ACE15 in Anaheim, CA

Jun 24 2015
Oxbow Activated Carbon, a leading independent distributor of activated carbon products, was pleased to exhibit at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exhibition – ACE15 – at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA June 8-10, 2015.

In keeping with the show’s theme, “Uniting the World of Water,” the Oxbow Activated Carbon booth displayed technical product information about treating chlorine, chloramine, and other organic contaminants in water. The sales team managing the booth also showcased the company’s value-added offerings, including a global distribution network, technical aptitude, and individualized customer support and service.

Oxbow Activated Carbon joined hundreds of water treatment equipment and component manufacturers, activated carbon suppliers, and treatment system monitoring vendors exhibiting at ACE15. The show, which attracted more than 7,000 attendees, was an opportunity for the sales managers to make new industry contacts and raise the profile of the company’s new name in the marketplace. On February 2, 2015, Carbon Resources became Oxbow Activated Carbon after being acquired by Oxbow Carbon LLC, the world’s largest independent marketer and producer of petroleum and calcined coke, in July 2014.

About Oxbow Activated Carbon

At Oxbow Activated Carbon, we are focused on expanding our resources and improving product offerings to continue to meet the needs of our customers time after time, delivery after delivery. Our commitment is to provide world-class industry knowledge, a customer-driven distribution network, proactive communication, and quality products without compromise. We provide innovative solutions to help purify the world we live in today for a cleaner tomorrow. Oxbow Activated Carbon – Solutions for a Purified World. For more information, visit or email us at

Oxbow Carbon LLC Acquires Carbon Resources LLC

Jul 24 2014
Oxbow Carbon LLC (Oxbow), the world’s largest independent marketer and producer of petroleum and calcined coke, announces the acquisition of Carbon Resources, LLC (CR), which is one of the largest independent distributors of activated carbon products in the United States. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Based in Oceanside, California, Carbon Resources supplies a full range of coconut shell, coal and wood-based carbon products targeting value-added applications to customers across the United States. Leveraging Carbon Resources' strong relationships, outstanding technical capabilities and excellent brand image, the company consistently has increased its sales and earnings in recent years. CR’s current management led by Ken Schaeffer, President, and Kimberly Walsh, Vice President, will continue to lead the CR team supported by Oxbow’s global capabilities in operations and logistics.

The acquisition of CR is a first step in Oxbow’s strategy of building a significant global footprint in the activated carbon industry through a combination of organic growth, acquisitions and greenfield projects. Through its Oxbow Carbonplus business, based in Paris, France, which is similar in size to Carbon Resources, Oxbow already is an active participant in the European activated carbon market. Further information can be found at
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