The Georgia Mining Association has awarded BASF Corp. its top environmental honor for reclamation of mining land and KaMin LLC its safety award for the absence of reportable injuries at its plants in Wrens and Sandersville.

BASF, a chemical company with a broad range of products, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, based in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

The company was awarded for its reclamation initiative in McIntyre, marking its third recognition for similar work throughout the state in the past four years.

BASF has extensive holdings in Canada and the United States. In Georgia it has operations in Attapulgus, near Bainbridge; Gordon; Savannah and Sparks.

Originally part of J.M. Huber Corp., KaMin is owned by IMin Partners, a private equity fund that invests in industrial materials and specialty chemicals firms.

The company has a global customer base for its Middle Georgia kaolin and recently acquired a majority equity position in CADAM S.A. and its subsidiary production facilities in Brazil.

Kaolin, which is widely know as “white clay,” is an alumina silicate used in making paper, plastics, rubber paints and other products.

The Georgia Mining Association is a trade association that promotes the mining industry in the state and provides legislative support for its members. It held its annual convention Aug. 1 in Ponte Vedra, Fla.