About Natural Soda


Natural Soda produces pure, natural sodium bicarbonate from its extensive nahcolite leases which cover more than 9,400 acres. Our processing facility is located in the Piceance Creek Basin in Colorado. The Piceance Creek Basin contains North America’s only known significant deposit of nahcolite and Natural Soda is currently the only company taking advantage of this world class resource. For customers and distributors, this means our recovered nahcolite guarantees you a pure and reliable source of natural sodium bicarbonate. 

To recover this natural sodium bicarbonate, the company uses a process of injecting hot water into the nahcolite beds, dissolving the nahcolite, returning the saturated brine to the operation and recrystallizing pure sodium bicarbonate crystals as the hot brine is cooled.

Natural Soda, with its access to this world-class natural resource, is a major producer of sodium bicarbonate products to the food, pharmaceutical, industrial and animal feed markets. We produce pure, high quality sodium bicarbonate while ensuring the health and safety of our workforce and the protection of the environment.

Our Management

Sara Schaeffner - President and CEO, Natural Soda LLC
Sara Schaeffner has 20 years of managerial experience, having served in multiple executive capacities where she developed expertise in operational leadership, driving growth, and P&L management. Prior to joining Natural Soda's parent company in 2014, Ms. Schaeffner's roles included regional VP of a private financial research marketing firm and Managing Director, Corporate Development and Strategy, of a $1.5B division of a Fortune 100 company. She has also served as divisional COO of a Management Consulting group, and divisional VP of Technical Services.

Ms. Schaeffner holds a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Vermont, and will earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University in 2019.


Kirk Daehling - General Manager, Operations

Kirk joined Natural Soda LLC in January 2014.  He has 26 years of manufacturing experience in industrial, chemical, and mineral industries serving customers in diverse markets ranging from construction aggregates to automotive sealants to food and pharmaceutical products.  Prior to joining Natural Soda, he worked for Minerals Technologies as the Plant Manager of their flagship Calcium Carbonate operation in Adams, MA.  Kirk holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho.


Bob Warneke – Project Director
Bob joined Natural Soda LLC in August 2007. He has 29 years of manufacturing experience in industrial, chemical and mineral industries. He was employed by FMC Corporation for 14 years until 1993 progressing in engineering and management. In 1993 he joined North American Chemical Company and its successor companies as the plant manager of a new sodium bicarbonate plant in Rifle which is now the Natural Soda plant. He transferred from IMC Chemical Company in 2000 to become plant manager of their soda ash facility in California until his return to Colorado in early 2007. Bob holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.





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