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 NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Harris Chemical Group, Inc. (HCG), today announced the appointment of John H. Blankley as chief financial officer. At the same time, the company announced the appointment of Richard J. Nick to the post of senior vice president- finance, in which he will also continue to carry out the duties of treasurer.
 Commenting on these appointments, D. George Harris, chairman of the Harris Chemical Group, said: "We are pleased to have John Blankley join our group as chief financial officer. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience which will help us in achieving our future goals.
 "Rich Nick will continue to very effectively manage our treasury operations which will expand as the Harris Chemical Group grows. We recognize his success with this new position as senior vice president."
 John Blankley began his career with Price Waterhouse in London and moved to British Petroleum Company, where he held several senior management positions including chief financial officer and director of BP North America. He subsequently joined Stolt-Nielsen, a chemical transportation company, as chief financial officer and then formed Seafirst International, an entrepreneurial shipping venture. Mr. Blankley holds an M.A. from St. Catherine's College, Oxford.
 Mr. Nick joined D. George Harris & Associates in 1989 and has since held a variety of finance positions with HCG and its affiliated companies. From 1974-1986, he was with SCM Corporation where he rose to the rank of corporate controller. Mr. Nick holds a B.A. from Upsala College and an M.B.A. from Seton Hall University.
 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 United States 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 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 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, including to the fast-growing Pacific Rim region. 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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