Jeff Ouhl, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, is responsible for US cement operations, encompassing 13 cement plants (19 million ton clinker capacity and 24 million ton cement capacity) and two slag grinding stations. He is a member of the US Cement Executive Committee, reporting directly to the US CEO.
Mr. Ouhl is responsible for an annual operating budget of $775 million, capital investments and significant modernization projects at three plants. With more than 24 years’ experience, he has had a strong focus on safety and environmental excellence and a commitment to employee development.
From 1992 until the merger in 2015, Mr. Ouhl held a variety of leadership roles with Holcim (US), most recently as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, overseeing the nine cement plants and three slag grinding stations. As Manager of the Ste. Genevieve plant, the first greenfield cement plant built for Holcim in the US in 30 years, he was instrumental in all aspects preparing to commission, startup and operate the site. Today, the Ste. Gen plant is the largest and most advanced in the US, producing in excess of 4.0 million tons of clinker annually.
In addition to driving manufacturing excellence, he led the Regional Manufacturing Support Organization (RMSO) for North America (US and Canada), and served as President of Geocycle (a wholly owned subsidiary of LafargeHolcim providing alternative fuels and raw materials to cement plants). He also served as Project Manager for the construction of the Holly Hill plant in South Carolina and subsequently stayed as the Plant Manager for commissioning, startup and sustained operations.
Mr. Ouhl is an active member of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and has served as Chairman for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) PCA industry conference in 2011.
Mr. Ouhl graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Technology. He has continued his professional development through a number of senior leadership programs.