The NorCal Perlite Plant in Northern California

The use of Horticultural Perlite for growth enhancement and soil mixes continues to increase dramatically. 

  • Our plant is built with the capacity to satisfy this ever-growing demand. NorCal Horticulture Perlite products are the choice of nurseries throughout California.

  • Our Perlite product line includes Norlite, a superior Perlite product for industrial and construction and green environment use.

A History of Growth

Our plant opened in 1986 with one furnace and limited production capability


NorLite: We expanded our Perlite product line to industrial and construction use by creating NorLite a superior Perlite Product.


The demand for our superior Perlite product was explosive, and we increased capacity by adding another furnace in 1994.


By 1999 the demand for our superior products was so great that we increased our production capacity by upgrading and modernizing our plant.


Our capacity is now 400% of what it was when we opened the plant. With our current daily production capability we are well-equipped to meet all of our customers' needs.

Strategically and Ideally Located


The Richmond Perlite Plant is strategically located in Northern California with easy access to major transportation corridors. From our Richmond plant, access to air, sea, rail, and land transport are all within a short distance. Product are shipped locally in the USA, and to Canada and Asia.

Product Availability

We are ideally situated to deliver product anywhere by all economical means of transport. We manufacture to order and our plant is in operation 18 hours a day, five days a week.

Specialty Grades:


NorCal Perlite manufactures NorLite to order, and we are experts in specialty grades. Our flexibility and high standards of quality control are your assurance of our NorLite's integrity and consistency

Product Packaging  

NorCal Perlite's horticulture and industrial perlite is available in:

  • cu/ft plastic bags

  • 4 cu/ft  paper or plastic bags

  • 45 cu/ft Polypro bulk bag re-usable

  • 62 cu/ft Polypro bag re-usable

  • 62 cu/ft Polypro bag one way

The Norcal Process -
Ensuring Consistent Quality

While we always keep some inventories of product in stock, we primarily manufacture Perlite to order. All of our perlite is OMRI and CDFA Organic input material Certified.

Our sophisticated production control and management systems enable us to revise our production schedules to meet our customers' demands.

By implementing stringent and exacting quality controls we ensure that our product is consistent, and manufactured to the most rigid specifications.

We devote extra effort into analyzing our raw material, fine-tuning our production machines, and closely monitoring the entire Perlite manufacturing process.

Precision Quality & Consistency:

We are constantly developing and refining our Perlite manufacturing process to ensure that our products are always consistent, dependable, and of the highest quality.


Norlite Industrial Perlite is manufactured to exacting engineering specifications and subjected to unparalleled quality-control procedures.

NorCal Perlite's sophisticated production process ensures that you always receive a product that's consistent and predictable.

          Furnace Making Perlite Video

Picture of Truck at NorCal Perlite Wholesale Manufacturing and Distribution Plant in the San Francisco Northern California East Bay Area City of Richmond, CA
Shipping             "We Get it There on Time"!!! 

We ship out in 48 foot flat beds and 53 foot dry vans. 24 pallet capacity on flats and 28 pallets on 53 foot dry vans. We can ship all over the country, and in most cases all of Northern California within a days notice.


We pride ourselves on getting it there on time, making sure that all trucks leave our facility are safety and securely strapped, loaded, and prepared to deliver the product to your location. Our customer service is matched only by our commitment to make our customers needs our number 1 priority. 

 Shipping and Product Packaging:                  Available in four formats  examples are provided bellow
Product Packaging 

4 cu/ft Polly


4 cu/ft Polly or Paper Bags

45 cu/ft PolyPoro

Bulk Bag

62 cu/ft PolyPoro

Bulk Bag


2 Cu/Ft Bags