In 1950, HC Cobern started mining sand and iron ore tailings from local deposits in central Alabama to be used in the surrounding cement plants. This led to his sons purchasing truck to make the local hauls. Gerald and Bill Cobern founded Woodstock Trucking Company in 1969. Specializing in the transportation of bulk material via pneumatic tanker, today Woodstock Trucking is known for its dedication to customer service. In 1979, Gerald and Bill Cobern founded Filler Products Company, Inc. which specializes in mineral processing. Today Filler Products offers portable screening, trans-loading, and bulk storage solutions in central Alabama. The trans-loading facility is located on Norfolk Southern main line and has loading/unloading equipment with 3,200 feet of rail siding open both north and south. The Cobern brothers formed Alabama Pigments Company in 1993 with emphasis on natural red iron oxide. Through the years, APC expanded its product offering and production capabilities. In 2007, Lee and Brent Cobern took over as managing partners and upgraded production and warehousing facilities and established a plan to take APC into the future. In 2009, APC opened its new plant for the production of natural black iron oxide, agricultural products and toll processing.
Alabama Pigments Company is a privately held business that is owned and operated by the Cobern family. APC is one of the last companies in the United States that mines, processes, blends, and distributes natural red iron oxide pigments.
Strategically located in central Alabama, APC manages mine operations and production facilities for natural red and black iron oxide pigments. With the continued support of our staff and customers, APC has grown and diversified into a major importer of natural and synthetic iron oxides from around the world. From one product offered in 1993, APC now offers a complete line of color products which include natural and synthetic fine grade pigments, micronized iron oxide pigments, custom blends, full line of decorative concrete products, cobalt blues, TiO2, and APC GRANDFLO low dust pigment. APC also has a line of agricultural products and offers toll production and packaging. Products are packaged from 0.25 lb bags to 4,000 lb super sacks and bulk pneumatic tankers.
Alabama Pigments Company operates two factories, represented by multiple distributors and numerous warehouse locations. This helps to provide our customers with continuous uninterrupted service. The corporate office and primary production facility is located on a 200 acre site in McCalla, Alabama.
Since the beginning of our business in 1993, Alabama Pigments Company maintains a strong commitment to serving our customers with Quality, Service & Value.