The Strong Company, Inc. was founded in 1959 by William A. Strong, Sr. Over the next 54 years, Mr. Strong owned thirteen companies and operated manufacturing plants in Arkansas, Illinois, South Carolina and Texas. These companies mined vermiculite ore; processed and blended unique materials such as vermiculite and perlite for construction, industrial and horticultural applications; and manufactured specially-designed mixers, pumps and other equipment for the installation of these and other products. The Strong Company, Inc. is one of the nation's exfoliators of vermiculite from Brazil, Zimbabwe, China and South Africa, while obtaining its perlite from New Mexico and Colorado. It also imports raw materials from Croatia and Greece. These materials are used in the production of industrial and construction mineral and cement-based products. Cement products used in above-ground steel tank insulation, in-ground swimming pools, lightweight insulating concrete for roof decks and manhole rehabilitation are produced at the facility.