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 NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Harris Chemical Group, Inc. ("HCG") today announced several senior management appointments designed to maximize the company's expansion into international markets. Peter McConnell, formerly president of North American Salt Company, has been named president-European operations and will relocate to London. He was born in Liverpool and received his PH.D. from the University of Manchester. Mr. McConnell previously had been president of the Sifto Division for Domtar Inc. until D. George Harris & Associates led its acquisition and made him president of the combined companies making up the North American Salt Company. He also spent 18 years with Celanese Canada, holding numerous positions including general manager-chemicals. Scott Randolph will assist Mr. McConnell as vice president administration-European operations. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with an M.B.A. from George Washington University, Mr. Randolph's most recent position was as controller for North American Chemical's operations in Searles Valley, Calif.
 Mark C. Demetree has been appointed president of North American Salt succeeding Mr. McConnell, and will relocate to Overland Park. Mr. Demetree was the former senior vice president of D. George Harris & Associates in New York. A graduate of Georgia Tech with an M.B.A. from Harvard, Mr. Demetree had been president and chief operating officer of Demetree Brothers, Inc., a venture capital and leveraged buy-out firm. Commenting on the appointments, D. George Harris, chairman of HCG, said, "These appointments are part of our goal to become one of the world's leading inorganic chemical companies. With the growth opportunities we have identified in Europe and our emphasis on becoming an international force, we want to have a strong management team on the ground in Europe and to continue our strong operations growth in North America."
 HCG's three principal subsidiaries, which had combined revenue of $456 million for the fiscal year ended March 1993, are: North American Salt Company (NAMSCO), North American Chemical Company (NACC) and Great Salt Lake Minerals Corporation (GSL).
 NAMSCO is the result of three separate acquisitions in the U.S. and Canada over a two-year period (American Salt Company, Carey Salt, Inc. and the Sifto Salt Division of Domtar, Inc.). NAMSCO and its two principal subsidiaries, Sifto Canada Inc., and Carey Salt Company, have five evaporator plants and two large rock salt mines.
 In addition, NAMSCO has an agreement with Great Salt Lake Minerals (GSL) to market GSL'S solar salt output. NAMSCO markets its salt products to a wide variety of applications, including food processing, water softening, agricultural feed, highway deicing and chemical uses.
 North American Chemical Company (NACC) is a major producer of soda ash and boron chemical products. The NACC production facilities are located in Searles Valley, Calif., and produce soda ash for the domestic market and for export around the world. Soda ash is a fundamental ingredient in glass manufacturing and is also used in chemical production, water treatment, detergents and pulp and paper production. Boron chemical products are used to improve the strength and stability of products such as glass, fiberglass and ceramics.
 Great Salt Lake Minerals is a large producer of sulfate of potash (SOP), using an extensive solar evaporation system covering almost 40,000 acres adjacent to the Great Salt Lake in Ogden, Utah. SOP is used in specialized fertilizers for fruits, vegetables, tobacco and turfgrass. SOP applications rely on low chloride content, which characterizes the SOP extracted from the Great Salt Lake.
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