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Holcim recently unveiled its new modernized cement plant in Ada, Oklahoma, following a three-year, $100-million project.
The modernization investment focused on construction of a new kiln line that would meet emission limits, improve operational performance and increase capacity. As a result, manufacturing capacity is anticipated to increase by 20 percent, producing approximately 682,000 metric tons of cement annually to support the region's transportation and construction industries.
"The Ada facility has been a significant part of the local and regional economy since 1907," said John Stull, CEO of U.S. Cement at LafargeHolcim. "By modernizing the plant, we have transformed it into an efficient, competitive and state-of-the-art facility that will allow us to meet the growing needs of our customers and remain a strong partner to the community for the foreseeable future."
Through Geocycle, LafargeHolcim's waste-management company, the Ada cement plant reuses more than 3 million scrap tires a year as a supplemental fuel to replace at least 20 percent of the fossil fuel used to power its facility, in addition to coal and natural gas.
"Investing in the environment is critical for the health and long-term viability of the communities where we work, which is why we reuse materials that would normally be sent to landfills," said Mike Langan, Ada plant manager. "We appreciate the support of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality in rapidly permitting this investment, and continue to value our partnership to help us optimize our operation and demonstrate the sustainable performance of the plant."
For more information, visit www.lafargeholcim.com.