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 Ownership


Natural Soda is owned by Enirgi Group Corporation (Enirgi Group), a private, Canadian company.

As energy demand increases worldwide, Enirgi Group is uniquely positioned to become a major supplier of the raw materials critical for creating energy storage systems, networks and devices that sustain our modern way of life.
At Enirgi Group, we have the vision, technology and the know how to manage, construct, operate and deliver the value our projects and operations represent.


Our Management

Wayne Richardson – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Enirgi Group
Wayne has had a career in strategic business development at the senior management level in domestic and international markets including a track record of successful management of turnaround, growth and start-up companies.

Having a solid understanding of fundamental business drivers his recycling, service delivery, energy storage and automotive industry experience combined with his sales and marketing knowledge has enabled him to conceptualize, implement and deliver complex projects. In particular he has been a leader in identifying and delivering market changing business models. Wayne is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Natural Soda's parent company, Enirgi Group Corporation.

Sara Schaeffner - President, Natural Soda LLC
Sara Schaeffner has over 15 years of progressive managerial experience, having served in multiple executive capacities. Prior to joining Enirgi Group in 2014, Ms. Schaeffner’s most recent roles included regional Vice President 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 and divisional Vice President of Technical Services. In these roles, Ms. Schaeffner developed deep expertise in operational leadership, driving growth, and P&L management.

Ms. Schaeffner holds a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Vermont, with specialties in Cross-Cultural Communications and Spanish.


Kirk Daehling - Plant Manager

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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