Ada, OK, June 1, 2017 – Holcim (US), a member of LafargeHolcim, today unveiled the new, modernized plant at its Ada facility after a three-year modernization project. As the foundation for the country’s bridges, roads and buildings, the cement from the Ada facility provides the infrastructure to sustainably supply the region’s growing manufacturing industries.
Throughout the three-year project, the modernization of the Ada facility maintained approximately 120 permanent plant jobs, working alongside more than 380 contractors. The project took more than 900,000 man-hours with no serious injuries. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, June 1, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Ada Facility at 690 Latta Road, with a speaking program, refreshments, and plant tours to follow.
“The Ada facility has been a significant part of the local and regional economy since 1907,” said John Stull, CEO U.S. Cement, 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.”
The modernization investment focused on construction of a new kiln line that would meet and exceed emission limits, improve operational performance and increase capacity to meet market growth. 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.
Through Geocycle, LafargeHolcim’s waste management company, the Ada Cement Plant reuses more than three 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.”
Geocycle is the waste treatment and management activity of the LafargeHolcim Group. With a processing network that spans more than 50 countries, Geocycle is a leading provider of industrial and municipal waste management services. Once processed, the waste is used by LafargeHolcim as alternative fuel and raw material for its manufacturing processes. Geocycle services preserve natural resources and play an important role in reducing the carbon footprint of the Group’s manufacturing plants. Every year, Geocycle serves over 10,000 customers and manages 14 million tonnes of waste.
With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on cement, aggregates and concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.
In the United States, LafargeHolcim companies include close to 350 sites in 43 states and employ 7,000 people. Our customers rely on us to help them design and build better communities with innovative solutions that deliver structural integrity and eco-efficiency.
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